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Systematic review measuring the efficacy of study abroad in undergraduate language learners on linguistic proficiency gains

Moore, I.; Torgerson, C.; Beckmann, N.

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I. Moore

C. Torgerson



Abstract

Ascertaining the value of a study abroad experience on facilitating language development has long been a goal of Second Language Acquisition scholars. There is currently a plethora of studies regarding the topic, yet, despite this, the evidence remains inconclusive and contradictory. This systematic review evaluates the impact of study abroad among undergraduate language learners in both Europe and beyond on a range of linguistic outcomes compared to remaining in domestic instruction. Studies that used a randomised controlled trial design, or a quasi-experimental design which achieved baseline equivalence, were included in an in-depth review as they offer the best available evidence on impact. Nine electronic databases were searched using a series of keywords. Articles were screened using pre-specified inclusion criteria. Forty studies were identified for a mapping synthesis, with seven publications being carried forward to full data extraction and quality appraisal. The synthesis of the evidence indicated that sojourning can facilitate the development of global proficiency and oral fluency, while oral and written accuracy demonstrated less change. The available evidence is discussed in relation to policy and practice, together with the limitations of this review.

Citation

Moore, I., Torgerson, C., & Beckmann, N. (2021). Systematic review measuring the efficacy of study abroad in undergraduate language learners on linguistic proficiency gains. Review of Education, 9(3), Article e3306. https://doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3306

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 15, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 22, 2021
Publication Date 2021-10
Deposit Date Oct 12, 2021
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2021
Journal Review of Education
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 3
Article Number e3306
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3306

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