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Second Language Research Forum

October 31-November 2, 2013
Provo, UT
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Presentation Title: Promoting Oral Proficiency Gain in Study Abroad Homestay Placements: A Three-Year Study
This paper presents results of a three-year study investigating training to promote oral proficiency gain in homestays. Host families in semester-long Spanish, Chinese, and Russian language programs were trained to increase conversational exchange with students (n=90). Quantitative and qualitative analyses compare language gains to a control group with untrained families (n=60). This research expands the body of knowledge on second language acquisition in study abroad to provide stakeholders with information on how to maximize language learning benefits of the homestay setting.

Presenter: Francesca Di Silvio

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