Short-term and Long-term Impact of Studying Abroad Experience

Studying abroad is believed to be "one of the most effective ways of mastering a foreign language" (Freed 1995, Kinginger 2008), and as such, is expected to exert a positive influence in terms of acquiring intercultural survival skills for future global citizens. The research question of the current study is: Does a short-term study abroad (SA) experience cause any changes in participants’ motivational factors? The findings show that after a three-week SA program, Japanese university students self-reported statistically significant (1) decrease in foreign language anxiety, (2) enhanced confidence in language proficiency and willingness to communicate (WTC), and (3) developing interests in international affairs. The study also discovered that affective quality in participants' experience is important in facilitating participants' self-reflection over their experience which led to more gains in WTC and a decrease in anxiety. Qualitative and longitudinal analyses found that these benefits held true even eight months after the conclusion of the SA experience, and that participants expressed a high level of motivation for further language learning. A further finding was that the effects of studying abroad appear to accrete; specifically, participants who experienced more than one SA while they were in university reported not only further progress in foreign language proficiency, but also a stronger sense of global citizenship.

Referent/in - Presenter/s

Etsuko Kakimoto (Kyushu Sangyo University, Japan)

Zeit / Time

  • Freitag / Friday, 01.03.19
  • 10:30 - 11:30 & 16:00 - 16:30 (presenter available for questions)
  • the poster itself is accessible throughout the conference

Raum / Room

Bereich Kaffeestände

coffee break area

Sprache / Language

Englisch / English