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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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Title: Study Abroad and Second Language Use
Subtitle: Constructing the Self
Written By: Valerie Pellegrino
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521534949
Description:

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
Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
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ISBN: 0521827663
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Pages: 200
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ISBN: 0521534941
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Pages: 200
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