Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN 2405-5522
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This mixed-method study describes the oral Mandarin development of 25 American students living in Chinese homestays, and how it may relate to the ways they respond to opportunities for interaction with their host families. While scholars have begun to examine students’ Mandarin development during their sojourns in China, there is little research regarding changes in their holistic oral proficiency and how such changes may be related to the quality of interaction they have with their interlocutors. The results of this study show robust gains in proficiency ratings of their oral performances over the course of one semester. A case study of two purposefully selected student performances – one who demonstrated the most prominent proficiency gains and the other who showed no gains – reveals differences in the ways they respond to opportunities for interaction. These findings provide suggestions on ways to best facilitate students’ learning experience while living with host families.


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Keyword(s): homestay; Mandarin Chinese; oral proficiency; second language learning; study abroad
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