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L2 progress and changes in participantsU+2019 intercultural competence abroad : a study of Flemish sojourners

Boekbijdrage - Hoofdstuk

International educational experience is often assumed to provide crucial learning opportunities for intercultural development, second language (L2) proficiency, global-mindedness, and personal growth. However, contemporary studies have challenged the immersion assumption regarding intercultural and linguistic progress abroad, pointing to a need for further investigation of the complex interrelationship of linguistic and intercultural development in SA settings. This study reports on the impact of a semester abroad on 118 Flemish participantsU+2019 progress in L2 lexical and pragmatic competence, as well as their intercultural development, conceptualised as Cultural Intelligence (CQ). Results show overall significant progress, except for their extrinsic motivation towards the Erasmus experience and their ability to plan intercultural interactions. While participantsU+2019 L2 lexical proficiency did not seem connected to their intercultural development, some links were found between sojournersU+2019 pragmatic competence and changes in their CQ profile. These results show the need to further investigate the influence of language use abroad on participantsU+2019 intercultural abilities, as well as the need for additional efforts from home institutions in preparing students for potential intercultural interactions.
Boek: Language, mobility and study abroad in the contemporary European context
Series: Routledge Studies in Applied Linguistics
Pagina's: 136 - 153
Jaar van publicatie:2021