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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'm not sure what you mean. Are you asking whether there is any evidence from reseach of improvement in English skills? There must be plenty of research, so if that's what you want, do some searches for it.

I do know that students going on Study Abroad experiences from my department at the University of Leeds benefitted from it in terms of their final degree mark -- they gained, on average, higher marks than their second year marks would have predicted. They benefitted from it in many many other ways too. The same was no doubt true of Study Abroad students who came to Leeds.

Are you asking for yourself? Surely if you are from a place where the language you are learning is not spoken and you spend time in a place where it is, your language skills will improve. You will also have the exciting learning experience of being in a new culture, which for many of us is a life-changing and life-enhancing experience.

I don't think there are ever enough study abroad students in a place to have an effect on the language of the country they go to, though I always really enjoyed teaching them in Leeds.

Anthea

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