Title

Reflections on Language Acquisition in Students who have Studied Abroad

Presenter Information

Olivia ChamberlainFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Spanish

Minor

International Studies

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Tanya Romero-Gonzalez, PhD.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

This research involves how education abroad, in a country of the language a student studies, improves a student’s acquisition of a language and that language’s culture. Possible obstacles such as culture shock are explored, along with help a student can receive to help overcome these obstacles. This study explored how the amount of time spent abroad affects their acquisition and through a survey of Murray State University students I compare the data to other studies in this research. Results indicated that the longer amount of time spent abroad in a foreign country, along with overcoming obstacles influenced how students learn and remember the language they study. This suggests that exposure to a language for extended periods of time aid in learning a language, and that despite obstacles, language acquisition is improved when a student studies abroad.

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Modern Languages Senior Colloquium

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Reflections on Language Acquisition in Students who have Studied Abroad

This research involves how education abroad, in a country of the language a student studies, improves a student’s acquisition of a language and that language’s culture. Possible obstacles such as culture shock are explored, along with help a student can receive to help overcome these obstacles. This study explored how the amount of time spent abroad affects their acquisition and through a survey of Murray State University students I compare the data to other studies in this research. Results indicated that the longer amount of time spent abroad in a foreign country, along with overcoming obstacles influenced how students learn and remember the language they study. This suggests that exposure to a language for extended periods of time aid in learning a language, and that despite obstacles, language acquisition is improved when a student studies abroad.