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Study abroad in multilingual contexts:‎ The linguistic investment and development of Japanese ‎adolescents in and beyond year-long exchange programs

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posted on 2020-05-25, 09:21 authored by LEVI DURBIDGE

Examining the experiences of Japanese adolescents on year-long exchange programs, this thesis ‎explores how social and material environments shape sojourners’ language learning. It highlights ‎the role of host families and other key individuals in fostering social connections and a sense of ‎belonging, contributing to their desire and opportunity to learn English and other languages in ‎multilingual settings. The importance of location and of online connection is also explored. The ‎study also investigates the longer-term challenges students face in maintaining the competencies ‎and social connections developed abroad once they returned to Japan. ‎

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Principal supervisor

Robyn Spence-brown

Additional supervisor 1

Naomi Kurata

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School of Language, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Arts