Title

The Missing Link: The Case of Language Study Abroad Programs (LSAP)

Subject Area

Study Abroad

Abstract

It is generally believed that second language learners benefit from Language Study Abroad Programs (LSAP) in a country where the target language is spoken. It has been said that the cultural and linguistic immersion provides enormous profits to L2 learners. But not all the LSAP are created equal. They are different in requirements, quality, immersion degree, length, pre departure information, post program evaluation, support, follow-up, etc.

This presentation will provide examples of existing models of LSAP. It will also try to find the missing link in this field and it will provide several must-have characteristics that will significantly improve your next LSAP.


Brief Bio Note

Fernando Palacios is an Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Mercer University in Georgia. Before landing at Mercer, Dr. Palacios has taught at The University of Alabama, Samford University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

His research interest includes, Second Language Acquisition, Study Abroad, Foreign Language Pedagogy, Spanish for Specific Purposes, and Spanish to English Translation.

He has participated as a lead scholar in several Spanish Immersion workshops design for K-12 Spanish teachers. He has also presented several scholarly papers in different international, national, regional and local conferences.

Throughout his teaching career, Dr. Palacios has taught several courses including; Spanish language, civilization, culture, translation, conversation, literature and linguistics classes both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Keywords

Language study abroad programs, Study abroad

Location

Coastal Georgia Center

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

4-7-2016 2:20 PM

End Date

4-7-2016 2:40 PM

Embargo

10-20-2015

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The Missing Link: The Case of Language Study Abroad Programs (LSAP)

Coastal Georgia Center

It is generally believed that second language learners benefit from Language Study Abroad Programs (LSAP) in a country where the target language is spoken. It has been said that the cultural and linguistic immersion provides enormous profits to L2 learners. But not all the LSAP are created equal. They are different in requirements, quality, immersion degree, length, pre departure information, post program evaluation, support, follow-up, etc.

This presentation will provide examples of existing models of LSAP. It will also try to find the missing link in this field and it will provide several must-have characteristics that will significantly improve your next LSAP.