Study Abroad and Second Language Use

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Study Abroad and Second Language Use

By Valerie A. Pellegrino Aveni

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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.

Subject: English & College Success -> English -> Linguistics

Study Abroad and Second Language Use
Constructing the Self
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 3/10/05
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1139809997
ISBN 13: 9781139809993
Print ISBN: 9780521827669

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