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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
 
Date: 17-Jul-2012
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: ESL study abroad    Susan Fischer     (17-Jul-2012)
  2. Re: ESL study abroad    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (18-Jul-2012)

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