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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:||I agree with Professor Fischer’s take on the variability of such an experience, and on the boost that it means for the language in question. My children’s home languages are Portuguese and Swedish, and they were schooled almost exclusively in English. One of the children was on an Erasmus programme at a Portuguese university, where courses were run in Portuguese. This was the first (and only) time she had experience of *academic* Portuguese, and it certainly broadened and deepened her awareness of this language. Madalena|
|Reply From:||Madalena Cruz-Ferreira click here to access email|