Promoting Language Learning and Development During Study Abroad

Presented at: Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture 2014

This paper describes a study assessing the impact of an intervention with host families designed to increase meaningful conversational exchange with learners of Spanish, Chinese, and Russian participating in semester study abroad programs. The study used a pretest and posttest Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview (SOPI) to investigate the oral proficiency gains of students whose families received the intervention (n=87) and students whose families did not (n=65). Surveys of student and family participants examined target language use and attitudes about the homestay experience.