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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Subject: ESL study abroad
Question: I would like to know how an experience of Study Abroad (Erasmus,
Private Schools,etc.) affects the learning of English as a Second
Language, or of the language of the country where the student
decides to go.

Thank you,

Elena

Reply: The best answer to such a general question is that it depends: on the age of the
student, the length of stay, plus other factors such as the sheer amount and quality of
exposure Generally, it provides an enormous boost, though.

Reply From: Susan Fischer      click here to access email
 
Date: 17-Jul-2012
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: ESL study abroad    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (17-Jul-2012)
  2. Re: ESL study abroad    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (18-Jul-2012)

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