Video 1 - What is psychosocial research?

Video 2 - Background and theory

Video 2 - Background and theory

Video 3 - The research

Video 3 - The research

Video 4 - More research and some conclusions

Video 4 - More research and some conclusions

Question

Question

A necessary precursor to achieving linguistic fluency in a foreign language is the successful acculturative integration of a student’s sense of self into the host culture of the respective L2.

Sociological and sociolinguistic research concerning the behaviour and experiences of international students finds that the level of successful sociocultural adaptation that language learners experience while abroad varies considerably, and that the extent to which students acculturate is a strong predictor for not only L2 gains, but also reported feelings of overall wellbeing and self-efficacy. The presenter will discuss in detail a descriptive case study carried out at at Queen Mary, University of London, entitled 'Foreign students living and studying in London'.
 
Given the crucial role that positive acculturative experiences play in language acquisition, this is an area that should be considered at an institutional level by all ESL/EAP course providers and administrators. Moving beyond host families and social programmes, this presentation asks what can be done to help foreign students feel a part of the country they are living in?
 
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