Chapter 2. Study abroad and formal instruction contrasted

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This chapter presents the Study Abroad and Language Acquisition (SALA) research Project in detail, as an introduction to the empirical studies reported on in Part II of this volume, each dealing with a specific objective of the project in relation to a domain of learners’ progress achieved in Study Abroad (SA) and Formal Instruction (FI) contexts of acquisition. It begins by establishing the project’s general goal. This leads to a review of current findings in SA research, followed by a presentation of the specific objectives and the research questions of the empirical SALA studies. Then the methods, the participants, the design, the data collection instruments, the procedures and the tests used in the studies are described. Finally results are pulled together and discussed, and conclusions are reached.


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