A case study exploring how individual differences, social and psychological factors affect a group of foreign students at Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla

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“Exchange programs are recognized to provide great opportunities to learn a languages and culture. According to Freed, “It has been assumed that the combination of immersion in the native speech community, combined with formal classroom learning, creates the best environment for learning a second language” (2015,p1). Each year thousands of students depart looking for education abroad experiences with the expectation of being “fluent” in the target languages living and studying in a natural context having a cultural exchange and enriching their global vision. During the SLA (Second Language Acquisition) process emerge different aspects affecting positively and negatively their learning process that is why it is important to explore and understand how second language acquisition works, for this reason it is important to establish the individual differences, social and psychological factors’ role on SLA, the analysis of each factor has the purpose of exploring its influence in the success or failure of second language acquisition. Second language acquisition process has been one of the most important and studied by linguists through time, Krashen (1985) pointed out that: Second language acquisition is the product of a subconscious process very similar to the process children utilize when they acquire their first language. It requires meaningful interaction in the target language - natural communication.”
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