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Histories of engagement and sociolinguistic awareness in study abroad: Colloquial French

ByCELESTE KINGINGER, GÉRALDINE BLATTNER

Research on language learning in study abroad strives to refine the profession’s evaluation of this multifaceted environment. Much of the research serves to challenge virtues often uncritically ascribed to this context, in particular, the commonly held opinion that study abroad leads directly to advanced foreign language competence. An astute reader of the contemporary literature can no longer take the view that study abroad consistently offers a superior learning situation with limitless, unproblematic, and productive access to second language interaction, leading to dramatic gains in language proficiency for every student.