The Social Lives of Study Abroad: Understanding Second Language Learners' Experiences through Social Network Analysis and Conversation Analysis, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Social Lives of Study Abroad

Understanding Second Language Learners' Experiences through Social Network Analysis and Conversation Analysis, 1st Edition

By Atsushi Hasegawa


224 pages | 68 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-05-08
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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 Analysis 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.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Social Lives of Study Abroad: Preliminaries

  1. Introduction to the Book
  2. Language Development in Study Abroad
  3. Researching Social Networks and Interaction
  4. Part II: Formation and Transformation of Social Networks

  5. Closed Network
  6. Open Network
  7. Collapsed Network
  8. Part III: Process of Interpersonal Relationships

  9. Being ‘Extroverts’
  10. Being ‘Loners’
  11. Part IV: Participation in Social Interaction

  12. Rose’s Interactional Patterns
  13. Joe’s Interactional Patterns
  14. Part V: Understanding Second Language Learners’ Experiences

  15. Putting Pieces Together
  16. Implications for All Involved

About the Author

Atsushi Hasegawa is Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Kentucky. His research is centered around the application of conversation analysis to L2 data in various interactional contexts. His recent publication includes: Hasegawa, A. (2018). Understanding task-in-process through the lens of laughter: Activity designs, instructional materials, learner orientations, and interpersonal relationships. The Modern Language Journal, 102(1) 142-161.

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Routledge Studies in Applied Linguistics

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