Promoting Oral Proficiency Gain in Study Abroad

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This paper describes the methodology and preliminary results of a study investigating the effects of an in-program intervention designed to optimize oral proficiency gain in study abroad homestay placements. Host families in semester-long programs for Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic language are trained in strategies to increase meaningful conversational exchange with their students (n=30 in each target language). Results of quantitative and qualitative analyses explore student language gains compared to a control group whose families do not receive such training (n=20 in each target language).