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Study Abroad and Second Language Use
Constructing the Self

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  • Date Published: April 2005
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521534949

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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.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...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.

  • Author

    Valerie A. Pellegrino Aveni, Ohio State University
    Valerie A. Pellegrino Aveni is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University.

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