Sociolinguistics and Language Learning in a Study Abroad Context
|Title:||Sociolinguistics and Language Learning in a Study Abroad Context||Authors:||Regan, Vera||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3939||Date:||1998||Abstract:||This article will focus on the acquisition of sociolinguistic competence by second language learners during a period of study abroad. Various aspects of sociolinguistic competence will be discussed and some of the principal factors which affect it will be described. Factors which affect sociolinguistic competence emerging from research in the area of study abroad include some which are central to the acquisition of second languages in general: context of acquisition, level of proficiency, degree of contact with native speakers, role of input, individual differences and the issue of native speaker norms. The research described will outline what we know about the sociolinguistic and sociocultural aspects of study abroad. The literature which exists to date on this aspect of second language acquisition (SLA) will be reviewed, including both quantitative and qualitative studies. Finally, we will address the question of the benefits (if any) of studying abroad for the acquisition of sociolinguistic and sociocultural competence. Where possible, an attempt will be made to see how this experience compares with that of learners who have not been abroad. Some of the studies to be discussed in this article were carried out with the explicit intention of focusing on the sociolinguistic area (Marriott 1995; Regan 1995; and Siegal 1995). There are also other year abroad studies which, although not focusing specifically on the sociolinguistic aspects of the process, nevertheless reveal further information about what happens during a study abroad period, for example, Lafford (1995) and Lapkin, Hart and Swain (1995). Various aspects of the acquisition of sociolinguistic competence are addressed in these articles.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Dickinson College||Copyright (published version):||1998 Dickinson College||Subject LCSH:||Second language acquisition
|Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection|
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