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Title: Examining L2 development in two short-term programs: abroad and 'at home'
Author: Serrano Serrano, Raquel
Llanes Baró, Àngels
Tragant Mestres, Elsa
Keywords: Ensenyament de llengües
Adquisició d'una segona llengua
Language teaching
Second language acquisition
English language
Issue Date: 30-Dec-2016
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Abstract: Although research on the effect of spending time abroad on language learning has become popular in the last few years, there are only a few studies that concentrate on short-term stays for teenagers or that include intensive second language (L2) programs as their comparison groups. The purpose of this study is to fill these gaps and analyze the L2 development of two groups of Catalan/Spanish bilingual learners of English in two short-term programs: a study abroad (SA) in the UK (n= 54) and an intensive course 'at home' (AH) (n= 58). The learners (mean age= 14.37) were tested on several tasks that focused on different language areas (grammar, formulaic sequences, written and oral production) before and after their respective program. The results of our analyses suggest that the participants in the two contexts significantly improved in most of the measures. Our findings also indicate that the SA context was more beneficial for the improvement of oral lexical richness and the learners in the AH context were slightly better in their receptive knowledge of grammar. These results seem to be the product of the specificity of the two contexts and the type and amount of L2 use that they offer.
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It is part of: System, 2016, vol. 57, p. 43-54
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ISSN: 0346-251X
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