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Study Abroad and Second Language Use
Constructing the Self

  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511838293

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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.

    • 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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    '…interesting new insights into the nature of foreign language learning outside the classroom… the first full-full length monograph on study abroad… richly illustrated discussion of American learners' experiences in Russia… offers a pleasant change of pace and focus from the common-place discussions of identity construction by learners of English around the world.' International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511838293
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • 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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    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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