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The Social Lives of Study Abroad Understanding Second Language Learners' Experiences through Social Network Analysis and Conversation Analysis

By Atsushi Hasegawa Copyright 2019
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 68 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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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 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

    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


    Atsushi Hasegawa is Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Kentucky. He specializes in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and language pedagogy. His research interests encompass micro-analysis of L2 interaction both in instructional and non-instructional settings, as well as social network analysis of various multilingual contexts.

    "[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