Acquisition of formulaic sequences in a study abroad context Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract; Research (e.g., Wood, 2010a) suggests that study abroad (SA) and the use of formulaic; language (FL), or sequences of words that tend to go together, aid L2 oral fluency. Nonetheless, there is conflicting evidence; regarding whether quantity of L2 use abroad is a predictor of language outcomes. This article examines the acquisition of FL by US; L2 learners of Spanish (n = 11) who studied abroad in Spain. The study measures the temporal fluency variables; and the formula/run ratio of narrative retell tasks pre- and post-SA by L2 learners and native Spanish speakers. The findings; indicate that regardless of program type and length, learners produce more FL post-SA, but they are still far from target-like; usage. Moreover, participants’ mean length of run is directly related to the formula/run ratio. Lastly, an analysis of language; use shows no direct relationship between L2 use abroad and oral fluency outcomes.

publication date

  • October 12, 2018

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • November 16, 2020 12:37 PM

Full Author List

  • Quan T

author count

  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2405-5522

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2405-5530

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 220

end page

  • 242


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