60. Why Study Languages Abroad?
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Sheri Spaine Long [+]
Sheri Spaine Long (Ph.D., UCLA) is executive director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She is editor of Hispania, the scholarly journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Formerly a faculty member, department chair, and study abroad program director, Dr. Long rose to the rank of (Full) Professor of Spanish at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was invited and subsequently appointed as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Spanish at the United States Air Force Academy. Most recently Long served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Languages and Culture Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her publications include seven co-authored college Spanish textbooks as well as numerous scholarly articles, notes and reviews on Spanish literature and culture, language pedagogy and policy.
Study abroad can accelerate the language learning process and provide authentic cultural context to develop cross-cultural skills. There are variables such as learning styles, readiness, duration, and contact with the language that effect results.