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Social networks, target language interaction, and second language acquisition during the year abroad: A longitudinal study

LANGSNAP is a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ES/I018298/1) running from May 2011 until October 2013. The project director is Rosamond Mitchell; Co-directors are Laurence Richard and Patricia Romero de Mills; Research Associates are Nicole Tracy-Ventura and Kevin McManus.

The specific aims of the project are to document the development of Modern Languages students’ knowledge and use of the target language over a 23-month period including a 9-month stay abroad, and to investigate:


Participants are students of Spanish and French, spending their third year (of a four-year degree course) abroad in Spain, Mexico, and France. We have recruited 25 students per language (drawn from ERASMUS, foreign language assistant, and work placements). Ten native speakers of each language have also been recruited.


During the main fieldwork phase, six data collection cycles with all participants are planned: 1) pretest, 2-4) successive on-site data collection cycles, 5) posttest and 6) delayed posttest. Pre- and posttests will take place at the home university, while all other data collection will take place abroad. A subset of 12 participants will additionally be invited to participate in individual case studies. These in-depth studies will involve day-long participant observation (shadowing) on two occasions during the year to document amount of time spent interacting in the target language, and the nature of that engagement. These participants will also self-record three interactions in the target language, with members of their current social network, using audio equipment.