Language students studying abroad are presented with multiple housing options. Living with a host family in a homestay is widely believed to be the most beneficial option. However, little research has been done as to how students' beliefs about homestays may affect their choice of housing. In this study, 116 language students completed the Student Beliefs About Homestays Questionnaire. Quantitative and qualitative data analyses indicated that students value homestays not only for the opportunity for language acquisition, but also for the inside look at the family life and culture of the host country and for the support a family setting provides. Student beliefs about negative aspects of homestays (such as the possibility of being placed with a bad family) and the role of the homestay placement program were also investigated; several practical implications were drawn for staff in homestay placement programs and language institutions that may improve the homestay experience.
|Commitee:||Brown, Kimberley, Haun, Julie|
|School:||Portland State University|
|Department:||Applied Linguistics (TESOL)|
|School Location:||United States -- Oregon|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||English as a Second Language, Foreign Language, Higher Education Administration|
|Keywords:||Homestay, Host families, Housing abroad, Language study, Student beliefs, Study abroad|
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