Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education

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ORCID logoRachel L. Shively | Illinois State University | rshivel at
Assistant Editor
Anne Marie Devlin | University College Cork
Reflecting the growth of international exchange programmes in an educational context, Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education has as its focus the role of study abroad in language learning and educational development. In the area of language learning, articles explore all facets of second language acquisition during study abroad such as the nature of linguistic development, input engagement and interaction, and the role of contextual, social and socio-biographical factors underpinning the learner’s experience abroad. The journal also explores issues beyond the linguistic, such as the relationship between study abroad and academic, professional, personal and social development. A complementary area of focus is educational policy and planning issues in study abroad exchange programmes within international education. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles, thematic issues, invited state-of-the-art articles, and short squibs and research reports.

SAR publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN: 2405-5522 | E-ISSN: 2405-5530
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Latest articles

9 February 2024

  • When heritage speakers study in their heritage countries : An exploration of identity dynamics and their implications for study abroad program success
    Paola Guerrero-Rodriguez , Diego Pascual y Cabo Josh Prada | SAR 9:1 (2024) pp. 1–25
  • The effects of study abroad on L2 vocabulary development : A meta-analysis
    Emre Güvendir , Judith Borràs Meltem Acar Güvendir | SAR 9:1 (2024) pp. 26–51
  • Adjust or crumble while studying abroad : The power of grit, cultural intelligence, and critical reflection
    J. Kline Harrison , Holly Brower Nelson C. Brunsting | SAR 9:1 (2024) pp. 52–75
  • Learners’ beliefs about English language learning : The case of Korean college students sojourning in the United States
    Hyun-Sook Kang | SAR 9:1 (2024) pp. 76–99
  • Do students carry their home in their pocket? Influence and impact of smartphone usage on the attachment to or detachment from family and friends during study abroad
    Aurore Mroz | SAR 9:1 (2024) pp. 100–126
  • 5 October 2023

  • The changing landscape of heritage language learners abroad : Current research and future directions
    Angela George | SAR 8:2 (2023) pp. 177–196
  • Spanish heritage speakers as pre-departure conversation partners : Enriching study abroad for students from diverse backgrounds
    Silvia Marijuan | SAR 8:2 (2023) pp. 259–290
  • A mí no me gusta España mucho” vs. “Yo quiero ir a toda España, me encanta España : Heritage speakers and their receptiveness to Spain and Peninsular Spanish
    Meghann M. Peace | SAR 8:2 (2023) pp. 197–229
  • “Being myself in Spanish” : A heritage speaker’s evolving pragmatic choices and awareness during study abroad
    Rebecca Pozzi , Chelsea Escalante Tracy Quan | SAR 8:2 (2023) pp. 230–258
  • Chinese heritage speakers as language brokers in internship abroad
    Yi Wang Wenhao Diao | SAR 8:2 (2023) pp. 291–313
  • 30 March 2023

  • Studying abroad during and before the COVID-19 pandemic : A comparison of target language use and self-reported linguistic progress
    Klara Arvidsson | SAR 8:1 (2023) pp. 1–23
  • L2 learning and religious communities of practice in study abroad
    Laura C. Edwards | SAR 8:1 (2023) pp. 24–49
  • Returning to a new normal : Social and mental adaptation of study abroad returnees during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic
    Sybille Heinzmann , Robert Hilbe , Lukas Bleichenbacher Kristina Ehrsam | SAR 8:1 (2023) pp. 50–75
  • Learning how to request in German during stay abroad
    Denise Kaltschütz | SAR 8:1 (2023) p. 76
  • Lexical development of Spanish heritage and L2 learners in a study abroad setting
    Laura Marqués-Pascual Irene Checa-García | SAR 8:1 (2023) pp. 115–141
  • “You just picked it up” : The relationship between informal language contact and phrasal verb knowledge among international students in the United Kingdom
    Siyang Zhou Jessica Briggs Baffoe-Djan | SAR 8:1 (2023) pp. 142–176
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    Gary Barkhuizen | University of Auckland
    ORCID logoAnne Barron | Leuphana University of Lüneburg
    Phil Benson | Macquarie University
    Jennifer Bown | Brigham Young University
    ORCID logoJoseph Collentine | Northern Arizona University
    ORCID logoJosep Maria Cots | University of Lleida
    Robert M. DeKeyser | University of Maryland
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    Dan Dewey | Brigham Young University
    Anwei Feng | University of Nottingham Ningbo
    Martin Howard | University College Cork
    Noriko Iwasaki | Nanzan University
    ORCID logoJane Jackson | The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Maria Juan-Garau | University of the Balearic Islands
    Celeste Kinginger | Pennsylvania State University
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    Àngels Llanes | University of Lleida
    ORCID logoCarmen Pérez-Vidal | Pompeu Fabra University
    John L. Plews | Saint Mary's University, Canada
    ORCID logoWei Ren | Beihang University
    ORCID logoCristina Sanz | Georgetown University
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      Montrul, S.A. (2008). Incomplete acquisition in bilingualism. Re-examining the age factor. John Benjamins.


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