Profiling language and culture strategy use patterns of ESL student teachers in study abroad by using self-reported data

Anne MA, Ming Har Ruth WONG, Yuen Kwan Wendy LAM

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Abstract

This paper addresses a niche in studies on immersion programmes for English as second language learners. While studies on the impact of the experience of studying abroad are replete with reports about the enhancement of participants’ language proficiency or intercultural skills, the present study investigates the types of language and culture strategies used by a group of student teachers on an overseas immersion programme by coding their interview responses and documenting the types of strategies reported. It also traces changes in the participants’ perceptions of their strategy use before, during and after studying abroad. The findings show that while participants reported using speaking strategies and listening strategies much more than other language strategies, only a narrow range of both strategy groups are reported. Similar findings are found in their use of culture strategies. Different changes in strategy use before, during and after the immersion are reported. The paper interprets the findings. Both short-term and long-term pedagogic implications for strategy development on study-abroad programmes are proposed. Copyright © 2014 Pedagogy, Culture & Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-131
JournalPedagogy, Culture and Society
Volume23
Issue number1
Early online dateJun 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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student teacher
language
intercultural skills
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speaking
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Ma, A., Wong, R. M. H., & Lam, W. Y. K. (2015). Profiling language and culture strategy use patterns of ESL student teachers in study abroad by using self-reported data. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 23(1), 107-131.

Keywords

  • Language strategies
  • Culture strategies
  • Study-abroad programmes
  • English as a second language
  • Teacher education