INTRODUCTIONOur goal is to frame the main trends currently observed in different areas of study abroad (SA) research and practice and to point to future directions for the field in the 21st century; for that reason, the content of the article is forward‐looking rather than an exhaustive review of past SA literature. To facilitate the discussion, we have organized the article around two foci: language development on the one hand, and the factors both internal and external to the learner that drive language development on the other. We point to potential interfaces between the internal and external factors and their subcomponents and describe ways in which technology can influence their study. In discussing the external factors, and with practitioners in mind, we devote some attention to important trends in language program design that have taken place recently.Researchers and practitioners have consistently questioned the popular idea that the immersion experience goes indefectibly hand in hand with language development and overall learner growth (Cubillos, Chieffo, & Fan, ; Freed, ; Sanz, ; Segalowitz & Freed, ). In the mid‐1990s, the main objection resided in the limited number of “carefully controlled” and “in‐depth” empirical studies that had investigated its actual linguistic impact
Foreign Language Annals – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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