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Title: Study Abroad and Second Language Use
Subtitle: Constructing the Self
Written By: Valerie Pellegrino

Language plays an essential role in how we portray our personalities.
Through social interaction, others develop a picture of us based on our
linguistic cues. However, when we interact in a foreign language and in a
new country, limitations in linguistic and cultural knowledge can make
self-presentation a more difficult task. This book explores the problems
faced by language students embarking on 'study abroad' programmes, spending
time in a foreign country and having to interact - and express their
personalities - in a second language. Drawing on her extensive work with
students, Valerie Pellegrino Aveni explores the factors that complicate
self-presentation and the strategies students use for overcoming these,
looking in particular at issues of anxiety, control, age, gender,
risk-taking and self-esteem. Offering rich insights into the study abroad
experience, this book will be an invaluable resource for professionals in
second language acquisition, and for teachers and students preparing for
study abroad.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521827663
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 200
Prices: U.K. £ 40.00
U.S. $ 75.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521534941
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 200
Prices: U.S. $ 34.99
U.K. £ 19.99