This study analyses the practical application of obtaining a second language, whether by acquisition or learning. These processes are applied to cultural contexts of Spanish and American societies. Studies have shown that the application of the second language in an immersion setting in addition to learning the second language in the classroom is paramount in gaining a better understanding of the second language. This study used a survey which aimed to evaluate both language proficiency and cultural competency in relation to abroad and classroom learning experiences. This survey was administered online to students across the world, mainly pulling from Spain and the United States, with a variety of native Spanish speakers and native English speakers. Significant results were found to support that learning and acquisition work together to create understanding of language and culture, and directions for future research are discussed.


Thompson, Claudia

Second Advisor

Uber, Diane


Psychology; Spanish


Linguistics | Multicultural Psychology | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Psychology | Spanish Linguistics


Sociocultural Theory, Zone of Promximal Development, Cultural Competency, Spanish, English, Linguistics, Psychology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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