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Chapter 12. Contrasting intercultural awareness at home and abroad

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Abstract

This chapter examines the effects of Study Abroad (SA), following Formal Instruction (FI), on a group of Catalan/Spanish English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) learners (<i>n</i> = 28) regarding changes in their intercultural awareness. Data from this group were compared with data from a group of native speakers of English (<i>n</i> = 26) enrolled in a SA program in Spain. Following one of the main objectives in the SALA Project, we seek to understand to what extent learners&#8217; cultural beliefs may change after a three-month SA program. Results showed that intercultural awareness increased immediately following SA but not FI, and it decreased 15 months upon the EFL learners&#8217; return from the SA period. No statistically significant differences were found between the Catalan/Spanish undergraduates and the English group.

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