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Title: A longitudinal analysis of the effects of one year abroad
Author: Serrano Serrano, Raquel
Tragant Mestres, Elsa
Llanes Baró, Àngels
Keywords: Adquisició d'una segona llengua
Second language acquisition
Issue Date: May-2012
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to analyze the progress of 14 Spanish-speaking learners of English during a period abroad from a longitudinal perspective. Oral and written data were collected three times during an academic year at a British university. These samples were analyzed in terms of fluency, syntactic complexity, lexical richness and accuracy. The results of the statistical analyses indicate that, while a few months abroad might be sufficient for some gains in oral performance to occur, improvement in written production is slower and does not seem to take place until the students have spent more than one semester abroad. Additionally, it was observed that the type of interaction experienced while abroad as well as some attitudinal features can partly explain language development in some areas.
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It is part of: Canadian Modern Language Review / Revue canadienne des langues vivantes, 2012, vol. 68, num. 2, p. 138-163
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ISSN: 0008-4506
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Llengües i Literatures Modernes i Estudis Anglesos)

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