Study Abroad, Foreign Language Use, and the Communities Standard

Heather Willis Allen, Beatrice Dupuy

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Although participation in multilingual communities around the world has been understood to be the raison d'être for foreign language study, the Communities standard has been portrayed as an extracurricular experience and more difficult to weave into instruction than the other standards. This article addresses two questions: (1) Does a study abroad experience facilitate meeting the Communities standard? and (2) How can collegiate foreign language curricula enhance the study abroad experience and fulfillment of the Communities standard? Current trends in study abroad participation by U.S. undergraduates and key research findings on study abroad related to the Communities standard are reviewed. Numerous recommendations for programmatic courses of action at home and abroad targeting a fuller consideration of the Communities standard in collegiate foreign language study are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)468-493
Number of pages26
JournalForeign Language Annals
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Collegiate foreign language study
  • Pedagogy
  • Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21 Century
  • Study abroad

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language


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