This volume brings together for the first time a collection of
studies devoted to missionary language learning and retention.
Introductory chapters provide historical perspectives on this
population and on language teaching philosophy and practice in the
LDS tradition. The empirical studies which follow are divided into
two sections, the first examining mission language acquisition by
English-speaking missionaries abroad, the second focusing on
post-mission language attrition. These chapters by internationally
known scholars offer cutting-edge research using a number of
different target languages in addressing various issues in second
language development. Finally, a comprehensive bibliography of
sources on mission languages is included. The readership of this
pioneering work is expected to extend beyond specialists in study
abroad and missionary language training to a broader audience of
applied linguists, educators, and students interested in language
acquisition and attrition. In addition, the book offers useful
insights to adults who want to maintain a second language.
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