Social and Cultural Aspects of Language Learning in Study Abroad

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The papers in this volume offer a sampling of contemporary efforts to update the portrayal of study abroad in the applied linguistics literature through attention to its social and cultural aspects. The volume illustrates diversification of theory and method, refinement of approaches to social interactive language use, and expansion in the range of populations and languages under scrutiny. Part I offers a topical orientation, outlining the rationale for the project. Part II presents six qualitative case studies adopting sociocultural, activity theoretical, postructuralist, or discourse analytic methodologies. The four chapters in Part III illustrate a variety of approaches and foci in research on the pragmatic capabilities of study abroad participants in relation to second language identities. The volume will be of interest to a broad audience of applied linguistics researchers, language educators, and professionals engaged in the design, oversight, and assessment of study abroad programs.
[Language Learning & Language Teaching, 37]  2013.  ix, 344 pp.
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Table of Contents
Part I. Orientation
Introduction: Social and cultural aspects of language learning in study abroad
Celeste Kinginger
Researching whole people and whole lives
James A. Coleman
Part II. Qualitative and case studies
Self-regulatory strategies of foreign language learners: From the classroom to study abroad and beyond
Heather Willis Allen
“Opening up to the world”? Developing interculturality in an international field experience for ESL teachers
Elizabeth Smolcic
Politics of identification in the use of lingua francas in student mobility to Finland and France
Fred Dervin
An American in Paris: Myth, desire, and subjectivity in one student’s account of study abroad in France
Timothy Wolcott
Exploring the potential of high school homestays as a context for local engagement and negotiation of difference: Americans in China
Dali Tan and Celeste Kinginger
The transformation of “a frog in the well” A path to a more intercultural, global mindset
Jane Jackson
Part III. Pragmatics and identity
“I joke you don’t” Second language humor and intercultural identity construction
Maria Shardakova
Getting over the hedge: Acquisition of mitigating language in L2 Japanese
Noriko Iwasaki
Identity and honorifics use in Korean study abroad
Lucien Brown
A corpus-based study of vague language use by learners of Spanish in a study abroad context
Julieta Fernandez
Celeste Kinginger
Name index
Subject index
“Globalization, Facebook and the spread of English as a lingua franca have changed the nature and the purpose of the study abroad experience. This rich collection of empirical studies exquisitely showcases how a socially oriented applied linguistics can grasp the important social and cultural aspects of study abroad in a variety of languages and countries, and through a variety of research methodologies.”
“Study abroad was once seen as a monolithic good for what ails foreign language learners, but recent research reveals a more nuanced view indicating the extraordinary complexity of how and what students may or may not learn during a study abroad experience. This volume continues down the path of revelationby gathering original empirical investigations of study abroad experiences, each of which adds a unique layer of texture to a more accurate picture of study abroad today. Authors engage with current realities of study abroad in an international context,where language study is permeated by politics, power relations, technologies, identities, and motives. To study these dynamic contexts, researchers draw upon theoretical frameworks andresearch methodologies that examine how learners demonstrate their agency, engaging with the study abroad context tocommunicate and construct their own study abroad experiences. In my view, this very timely collection challenges foreign language teachers to consider how students can best be prepared for the complex opportunities and challenges presented by study abroad.”
“Kinginger offers us an impressive collection of studies highlighting the ways in which newer sociocultural and poststructuralist approaches renew the research on study abroad. Component studies focus on diverse populations, and multiple languages and contexts, featuring innovative research methods. Social and cultural aspects are given pride of place including a fascinating section on identity and pragmatics. The reader takes away invaluable insights about the unique contributions of study abroad research to educators and applied linguists, and exciting ideas about how build on this research. This book is a gem!”
“Kinginger’s volume is a highly recommended volume and a timely representation of an area of inquiry within study abroad that is fruitful and promising. The editor should be particularly commended for her inclusion of such a diverse set of L2s (Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, and Russian) and settings (Canada, China, Ecuador, Finland, France, Korea, Russia, and Senegal) which is a merited and refreshing departure from previous work focusing on a limited number of languages and places. Her objectives to offer an overview of recent research and presentation of cutting-edge studies that illustrate new theories and methodologies are clearly accomplished.”
Social and Cultural Aspects of Language Learning in Study Abroad is a reflection-provoking and stimulating volume that updates the portrayal of study abroad in the applied linguistics literature.”
“Trained as an applied linguist, having served as resident director for six different study abroad programs, and long ago having participated as a student in three different study abroad programs, I felt a strong resonance with this volume. Recently returned from directing a year abroad experience, I came to know my group of 33 students quite well, both academically and personally. These traditionally college-aged individuals represented widely divergent worldviews, value systems, and life experiences. As I read this volume, my fresh (re-)awareness of the breadth of human diversity led me to think, “How can questions of identity not affect the experience and enter into our discussion?” The book will be of interest to applied linguists and SLA researchers seeking to expand research models or keep track of this exciting and promising direction in the field.

Cultural theorists, study abroad program administrators, and classroom language teachers (several authors include discussions of pedagogical implications of their work) will also find food for thought. Finally, motivated student learners may recognize elements of their own selves and gain insight into their experience abroad, which, after all, is what it’s all about.”
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