Sociolinguistics and Language Learning in a Study Abroad Context

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dc.contributor.author Regan, Vera
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-29T15:09:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-29T15:09:16Z
dc.date.copyright 1998 Dickinson College en
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier.citation Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad en
dc.identifier.issn 1085-4568
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3939
dc.description.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. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Dickinson College en
dc.subject.lcsh Second language acquisition en
dc.subject.lcsh Sociolinguistics en
dc.subject.lcsh Foreign study en
dc.title Sociolinguistics and Language Learning in a Study Abroad Context en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.authorcontactother vera.regan@ucd.ie
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://www.frontiersjournal.com/issues/vol4/vol4-03_Regan.pdf en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 4 en
dc.identifier.issue 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 61 en
dc.identifier.endpage 91 en
dc.neeo.contributor Regan|Vera|aut|
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dc.description.admin DG 14/11/12 en
dc.description.admin Names JG 2012-11-23 en
dc.internal.rmsid 1263686
dc.date.updated 2012-10-17T14:43:11Z


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