Learners’ self-perception of target language study in overseas immersion

Okim Kang, Romy Ghanem

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Studies have supported the belief that study abroad (SA) is more beneficial than studying domestically in developing oral proficiency (e.g., Freed, Segalowitz, & Dewey, 2004). However, little research has focused on individual learner factors related to promoting learners’ effectiveness in language learning abroad, such as an ideal point in target language (TL) study in SA contexts. The current study investigated the learner-perception of their preferred time in TL study for oversea immersion self-reported by students themselves. Participants (N=125) studying 30 languages in 32 different countries were recruited nation-wide. The results of students’ self-reports revealed that participants preferred intermediate levels of TL proficiency than any other level of proficiency. Findings of this study, even though they are based on the self-reported data, make important contributions to SA research and to the field of international education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)819-828
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Language Teaching and Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2016


  • Immersion context
  • Self-perception
  • Study abroad
  • Target language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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