Adult Second Language Learners’ Pragmatic Development in the Study-abroad Context: A Review


  • Feng Xiao



Study abroad, context, pragmatic development, Education abroad, Adult second language learners


This article aims to further probe this complex relationship between the study abroad context and pragmatic development by synthesizing existing research studies under the guidance of two questions: 1) What pragmatic features have been examined in the study abroad context, and how have they been measured? and 2) Do adult L2 learners improve their pragmatic competence in the study abroad context over time?


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Author Biography

Feng Xiao

Feng Xiao received his Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University. He will be an Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures at Pomona College in the fall of 2015. His research interests are interlanguage and intercultural pragmatics, technology-enhanced learning, and statistical language learning.


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How to Cite

Xiao, F. (2015). Adult Second Language Learners’ Pragmatic Development in the Study-abroad Context: A Review. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 25(1), 132–149.



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