The Qualities of Study Abroad Experiences: A Socio-Cultural Perspective

Celeste Kinginger (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1990) is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Pennsylvania State University. She is affiliated with the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER). Her research has examined study abroad, second language pragmatics, and sociocultural approaches to foreign language teaching and learning. Dr. Kinginger has published four book-length works about language learning in study abroad contexts, as well as numerous articles and presentations. Her current work focuses on learning opportunities during specific types of interactions abroad (e.g., mealtime interactions); the design and assessment of study abroad programs; and identity and language learning abroad.

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Tracking Informal Language Practices During Study Abroad: The Methodological Challenge

Nicole Tracy-Ventura (Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 2008) is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of South Florida (USF). Her research has focused on study abroad, second language acquisition, task-based language teaching, and corpus linguistics. She is a founding member of the Languages and Social Networks Abroad Project (LANGSNAP) and has collaborated with Drs. Rosamond Mitchell and Kevin McManus on two book-length works on identity, social interaction, and language learning during study abroad, as well as several articles on these same topics. She has recently been awarded grants from the Language Learning Small Grants Research Program and the University of South Florida (with her USF colleague Amanda Huensch) to investigate the long-term evolution of the LANGSNAP participants’ foreign language proficiency post-instruction and study abroad.

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