Promoting Oral Proficiency Gain in Study Abroad Homestay Placements: A Three-Year Study

2:00 - 2:30pm

Battle Creek

Presented at: Second Language Research Forum

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.