Learning through immersion during study abroad

Sally Sieloff Magnan, Barbara Lafford

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Input and interaction are recognized as essential for language learning (see Mackey, Abbuhl, and Gass, Chapter 1, this volume). Because it can provide large amounts of authentic input and interaction with native speakers, immersion in the target country has been considered the ideal context for language learning. This branch of second language acquisition (SLA) research has focused on the effects of a study abroad (SA) experience on foreign language learning. Research onSA thus fits into studies that investigate the context of learning. The SA context is often compared with learning in foreign language classrooms or in immersion programs in the native country, in an attempt to demonstrate advantages of the abroad experience or, more recently, to consider whether this context is more conducive to language learning than others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781136666896
ISBN (Print)9780415479936
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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