Melanie Archangeli(Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Assistant Professor of German at Ohio University, Athens.
Study Abroad and Experiential Learning in Salzburg, Austria
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1999 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 115–122, March 1999
How to Cite
Archangeli, M. (1999), Study Abroad and Experiential Learning in Salzburg, Austria. Foreign Language Annals, 32: 115–122. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1999.tb02380.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Professional opinion regarding the effect of interaction with native speakers on gains in language proficiency is mixed; however, in most studies the subjects have been students of English as a second language rather than American students studying abroad. The assignment described in this essay demonstrates that for students studying abroad, out-ofclass contact in the form of interviews with native speakers has a positive effect on the students' selfconfi-dence and their willingness to use the target language. American college students studying for ten weeks in Salzburg, Austria, were required to interview two native speakers, one approximately the same age as the students and one older. Students prepared a written protocol of the interview and gave an oral presentation of the results. At the end of the program, students assessed the value of the assignment by completing a questionnaire about the interview process.