Promoting Oral Proficiency Gain in Study Abroad: A Three-year Study

10:30 - 11:00am

Room W310 A

Presented at: ACTFL 2013 Convention

This paper describes results from a study investigating training designed to promote oral proficiency gains in study abroad homestay placements. Host families in semester-long programs in Peru, Chile, China, and Russia were trained in strategies to increase meaningful conversational exchange with students (n=30/language). Analyses of ratings and transcriptions of pre and post oral proficiency tests and recordings of student-host conversations are used to examine student language gains compared to a control group with untrained families (n=20/language). Results of attitudinal surveys explore what students and hosts believe was effective about the training and homestay environment.