Toward a Second Language Socialization Perspective: Issues in Study Abroad Research
Article first published online: 24 MAR 2010
© 2010 by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc.
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 50–63, Spring 2010
How to Cite
Wang, C. (2010), Toward a Second Language Socialization Perspective: Issues in Study Abroad Research. Foreign Language Annals, 43: 50–63. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2010.01059.x
- Issue published online: 24 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 24 MAR 2010
- qualitative research;
- second language acquisition;
- study abroad
Abstract: The last few decades have seen a proliferation of research on study abroad (SA). A review of SA research literature shows general inconsistencies and inconclusiveness on certain issues, particularly on SA outcomes and their factors. This article discusses such inconsistencies in terms of the highly variable contexts and vastly unstable nature of second language acquisition (SLA). It is evident that the amount and the quality of interactional encounters with native speakers, along with learners' identity, play a major role in language acquisition in the SA context. Accordingly, the researcher argues for a socialization perspective on documenting and interpreting the SLA process in the SA context, with an emphasis on learner identity.