Promoting Oral Proficiency Gains in Study Abroad: A Three-year Study

3:00 - 6:35pm

Exhibit Hall

Presented at: AAAL 2014

This poster presents results of a three-year study investigating a programmatic intervention designed to promote oral proficiency gains in study abroad homestay placements. Host families in semester-long programs in Peru, Chile, China, and Russia were trained in strategies to increase meaningful conversational exchange with students (n=30 per language). Quantitative and qualitative analyses of pre and post oral proficiency tests and recordings of student-host conversations examine student language gains compared to a control group whose families were not trained (n=20 per language). Results of pre and post surveys explore what students and hosts believe was effective about the homestay experience.