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Limitations in linguistic and cultural knowledge make self-presentation a more difficult task when we interact in a new language in a foreign country. This volume explores the problems faced by language students embarking on "study abroad" programs by considering factors that complicate self-presentation and how students overcome them. The book's insight makes it an invaluable resource for professionals in second language acquisition, and for teachers and students preparing for study abroad.Read more
- Features extensive diaries and interviews, which provide a unique perspective on the study abroad experience
- Incorporates literature from second language acquisition, social psychology, and communication
- Looks at the concept of 'self', which has not as yet been treated in depth in the field of second language acquisition
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"...the author's recommendations for how a learner can prepare for the study-abroad experience to quickly establish a stable sense of self in the new linguistic and cultural environment are insightful and timely." --Christina L. Isabelli-Garcia, Illinois Wesleyan University: The Modern Language Journal
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- Date Published: April 2005
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521534949
- length: 200 pages
- dimensions: 225 x 153 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.322kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Language use in a social context
2. Communicative goals
3. The social dance: second language and the construction of self
4. Learners and their environment: factors affecting self-construction
Coming into our own: the convergence of real self and ideal self
5. Conclusion: The self in second language: implications and next steps.
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