JSS  Vol.3 No.2 , February 2015
Study Abroad and Second Language Socialization
Author(s) Oraib Mango
ABSTRACT
The purpose of the study was to investigate college Arabic students’ perceptions of their experience during a short-term summer study abroad program to Jordan. In particular, the study sought to examine how study abroad affected the participants’ academic and career choices as well as how they perceived their second language socialization and its influence on their competence in Arabic. Results revealed that the short term SA contributed to students’ perceptions of gains in their linguistic and cultural skills as well as to their openness to the world and to other cultures. The experience also contributed to students’ decisions to apply for SA scholarships, and to choose areas related to Arabic language in their future studies and careers. Learners experienced a sense of empowerment and satisfaction at their ability to steer their learning and flourished when they could make their own choices in a supportive setting.

Cite this paper
Mango, O. (2015) Study Abroad and Second Language Socialization. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 3, 155-164. doi: 10.4236/jss.2015.32021.
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