The Social Lives of Study Abroad Understanding Second Language Learners' Experiences through Social Network Analysis and Conversation Analysis
This volume presents an innovative approach to understanding the language socialization process of second language learners in study abroad programs, focusing on the case of study abroad programs in Japan. Study abroad experiences are so diverse that both macro and micro viewpoints are needed to capture such complexity. This book looks for a way forward by adopting a novel approach which integrates social network analysis and conversation nalysis and allows for a fuller, more nuanced understanding of varying experiences of study abroad participants. Chapters draw on data from a wide range of sources, including participant observation, semi-structured interviews, social network surveys, and audio and visual recordings, to demonstrate the ways in which broader social forces, environmental factors, and individuals’ dispositions interact in myriad social contexts within the study abroad experience. Taken together, the volume offers readers a comprehensive portrait of social processes in study abroad programs and their implications for language development, making this key reading for students and scholars in second language acquisition, pragmatics, and applied linguistics.
Part I: The Social Lives of Study Abroad: Preliminaries
- Introduction to the Book
- Language Development in Study Abroad
- Researching Social Networks and Interaction
- Closed Network
- Open Network
- Collapsed Network
- Being ‘Extroverts’
- Being ‘Loners’
- Rose’s Interactional Patterns
- Joe’s Interactional Patterns
- Putting Pieces Together
- Implications for All Involved
Part II: Formation and Transformation of Social Networks
Part III: Process of Interpersonal Relationships
Part IV: Participation in Social Interaction
Part V: Understanding Second Language Learners’ Experiences
"[This book] expands the scope of the burgeoning literature on language learners' social lives during SA by focusing on the processes of the learners' development of interactional repertoires and the negotioation of their interpersonal relationships.
We hope this commendable volume will be a useful reference book for researchers, SA program administrators, and school instructors who take an interest in IHE policy enactment and enforcement."
-Wendong Li, and Yandan Zhu, Australian Review of Applied Linguistics