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The Next Frontier: A Research Agenda for Exploring Experiential Language Learning in International and Domestic Contexts
Barbara A. Lafford
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Drawing mostly upon prior Second Language acquisition (SLA) research in Spanish in classroom and Study Abroad (SA) contexts, the article examines the need to carry out Foundational Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) and Experiential Learning (EX-LL) research. More specifically, the author calls for research that investigates how community service learning (CSL) and internship experiences affect the development of the second language (L2) and shape the process of learning languages for specific purposes (LSP) by interns or community service learning volunteers in workplace and other non-classroom settings both at home and abroad. The article also explores the benefits and challenges of embarking upon LSP an EX-LL research and proposes various specific avenues of research in that area. The author concludes with a rationale for executing this research agenda.

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Selected Proceedings of the 16th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro, Gillian Lord, Ana de Prada Pérez, and Jessi Elana Aaron
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