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Understanding insertion and integration in a study abroad context: the case of English-speaking sojourners in France

Understanding insertion and integration in a study abroad context: the case of English-speaking sojourners in France
Understanding insertion and integration in a study abroad context: the case of English-speaking sojourners in France
This paper draws on a recent study of British students of languages undertaking a year abroad in France, in a variety of placements (as language teaching assistants, as exchange students, and as workplace interns). The data were gathered in the context of the 2011-2013 LANGSNAP project, a larger study undertaken which investigated both the language learning and social integration of British students spending an academic year abroad in France, Spain or Mexico Having made a positive choice to specialise in languages at university, and having already reached a relatively advanced level in French during their secondary school education, it could be assumed that these students were positively motivated to further develop their language skills, to deepen their intercultural understanding, and to integrate socially within the local society. Indeed, in pre-departure interviews (in French), the participating students unanimously expressed the wish to integrate and in particular to make French same-aged friends. The paper first of all presents an overview of the range of tools used to gather both quantitative and qualitative data on participants’ social integration. The paper then goes on to evaluate the degree of success of even such highly motivated participants in achieving this declared goal, and to consider social, sociolinguistic and personal factors which appear to influence the degree of social integration achieved by individual participants.
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McManus, Kevin
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Mitchell, Rosamond
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Tracy-Ventura, Nicole
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McManus, Kevin
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Mitchell, Rosamond
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Tracy-Ventura, Nicole
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McManus, Kevin, Mitchell, Rosamond and Tracy-Ventura, Nicole (2014) Understanding insertion and integration in a study abroad context: the case of English-speaking sojourners in France. Revue Française de Linguistique Appliquée, 19 (2).

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This paper draws on a recent study of British students of languages undertaking a year abroad in France, in a variety of placements (as language teaching assistants, as exchange students, and as workplace interns). The data were gathered in the context of the 2011-2013 LANGSNAP project, a larger study undertaken which investigated both the language learning and social integration of British students spending an academic year abroad in France, Spain or Mexico Having made a positive choice to specialise in languages at university, and having already reached a relatively advanced level in French during their secondary school education, it could be assumed that these students were positively motivated to further develop their language skills, to deepen their intercultural understanding, and to integrate socially within the local society. Indeed, in pre-departure interviews (in French), the participating students unanimously expressed the wish to integrate and in particular to make French same-aged friends. The paper first of all presents an overview of the range of tools used to gather both quantitative and qualitative data on participants’ social integration. The paper then goes on to evaluate the degree of success of even such highly motivated participants in achieving this declared goal, and to consider social, sociolinguistic and personal factors which appear to influence the degree of social integration achieved by individual participants.

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Published date: 2014
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 370164
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/370164
ISSN: 1386-1204
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Date deposited: 27 Oct 2014 13:42
Last modified: 16 Dec 2019 20:22

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