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Fri Dec 18 2015

FYI: Call for Papers: Handbook of Study Abroad

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 17-Dec-2015
From: Cristina Sanz <>
Subject: Call for Papers: Handbook of Study Abroad
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Call for Contributions to The Routledge Handbook of Study Abroad Research and Practice, edited by Cristina Sanz, Professor of Spanish & Linguistics at Georgetown University

Abstracts accepted February 1 - March 1, 2016
Notice of acceptance by April 15, 2016
Chapters due October 15, 2016
Revised versions due February 1, 2017

This Handbook is a comprehensive survey of research on second language and identity development in immersion contexts abroad written by top scholars from around the world. The Handbook reflects the recent rise in interest on study abroad and provides academics; i.e., current researchers and graduate students as well as practitioners; i.e., administrators in offices of international programs, study abroad program directors and teachers with an invaluable resource.

The theoretical frameworks and methodologies utilized to investigate study abroad are diverse: from qualitative approaches to classic quantitative measures of fluency, accuracy and complexity as well as electrophysiological and eye-tracking data. Study abroad research includes a broad number of linguistic areas, from pronunciation and morphosyntax to pragmatics, and psychosocial aspects, such as attitudes, empathy and identity.

With the goal of representing the diversity that characterizes study abroad programs and learners, the editor aims to include researchers working with study abroad data from programs around the world and from diverse samples of learners that vary according to national origin (US students in Europe and Latin America, Chinese students in the US), age (teenagers, college students), and language experience (from beginners to advanced language majors), as well as different study abroad programs including long term, short term, sheltered and direct matriculation.

The final section of the Handbook is devoted to implications for study abroad program design and implementation, as well as for related matters such as the integration of programs in the curricula and the preparation of students going abroad. These final sections will also review applications of workplace research, as well as looking to future directions.


Theoretical and methodological approaches to study abroad
Survey of theoretical approaches used
- Cognitive, psycholinguistic, usage-based
- Sociocultural, educational

Survey of methods used:

- Designs: that pesky control group
- Qualitative research

Interviews, narratives, observation
- Quantitative research

Offline, global measures: OPIs, role-plays, CAF (oral and written complexity, accuracy and fluency measures), surveys

Offline, specific measures

Online measures
- Latency, ERPs, eye-tracking
- Corpus research
- Mixed methods research

Language development and personal growth: Key areas

Survey of main outcomes that have been investigated:

- Phonological development
- Pragmatics
- Morphosyntax
- Oral fluency and complexity
- Lexical development
- Communication and/or learning strategies

Personal Growth
- Intellectual growth
- emotional growth
- social selves

The program: Study abroad settings
Survey of research in different contexts:
- length of stay
- family vs. dorm stays
- language vs. content courses
- sheltered programs, direct matriculation programs
- service learning programs

The person: Individual differences
Survey of individual factors relevant for the study abroad context:
- Aptitude, motivation, anxiety, working memory
- Experienced learners (bilinguals), Heritage Language Learners
- Proficiency levels
- Intercultural sensitivity

Survey of applications
- Preparing students for study abroad
- Educating teachers and administrators on study abroad
- Where study abroad fits in the foreign language curriculum
- Study abroad program design and direction: Practical considerations
- The future of study abroad

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to as a MSWord format attachment. Please include ‘Handbook abstract submission’ as the topic of the message. Abstracts are limited to 1200 words, plus references; chapters will have a 7000 words limit with references. Abstracts and final manuscripts must be written in the style outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.).

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

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