Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN 2405-5522
  • E-ISSN: 2405-5530



The study abroad (SA) context is assumed to be ideal for second language (L2) learning because of the opportunities it provides to use the target language (TL) and to socialize with TL speakers. Although research conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic generally confirms this assumption, little is known about how the COVID-19 pandemic modified conditions for L2 learning in a SA context. This study contributes by documenting Swedish French language students’ patterns of TL use and perceived linguistic progress in a SA context in France during the COVID-19 pandemic (spring 2021) and compares these data with data from an equivalent group of Swedish French language students who studied in France before the pandemic. The results suggest that the SA context provided advantageous learning conditions even during the pandemic.

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