Russian Language Journal


second language, cultural immersion, background, study


Overseas immersion study for second language (L-­‐‑2) acquisition is widely regarded not only as valuable educationally, but also essential for the attainment of upper-­‐‑level proficiencies. Unfortunately, the mechanisms though which overseas language and cultural immersion training may (or may not) foster successful adult acquisition are still not well understood (e.g., Rivers, 1998; Ginsburg & Miller, 2000, Kinginger, 2011). As a result, researchers across a range of disciplinary backgrounds are examining cognitive, psycholinguistic, and cultural factors affecting linguistic outcomes within the study abroad environment, including increased efforts to account for the notable variation that has been observed in actual levels of L-­‐‑2 attainment by students returning from study abroad, as previously reported in Freed (2004), Davidson (2010) and Kinginger (2009).