Developing Minority Language Resources: The Case of Spanish in California

Developing Minority Language Resources: The Case of Spanish in California

by Guadalupe Valdes, Joshua A Fishman, Rebecca Chavez, William Perez
     
 

ISBN-10: 1853598976

ISBN-13: 9781853598975

Pub. Date: 07/04/2006

Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd.

This book documents ongoing language shift to English among Latino professionals in California 67% of which studied Spanish formally in high school and 54% of which studied Spanish in college. Taking into account the recommendations about the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language made by these professionals, the book then describes current instructional

Overview

This book documents ongoing language shift to English among Latino professionals in California 67% of which studied Spanish formally in high school and 54% of which studied Spanish in college. Taking into account the recommendations about the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language made by these professionals, the book then describes current instructional practices used in the teaching of Spanish as an academic subject at the high school and university levels to “heritage” language students who, although educated entirely in English, acquired Spanish at home as their first language. The suggestions made by the Professionals concentrated almost exclusively on Spanish language maintenance (e.g., making cultural/historical connections; showing relevance and significance of language to students' lives, teaching other subjects in Spanish, teaching legal, medical, business terms in Spanish). The study of goals currently guiding instruction for heritage speakers of Spanish at both the high school and the college levels, on the other hand, raise questions about the potential contribution of educational institutions to the maintenance and retention of Spanish among the current Spanish-speaking population of California.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853598975
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters Ltd.
Publication date:
07/04/2006
Series:
Bilingual Education & Bilingualism Series, #58
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.82(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Acquisition, Maintenance, and Recovery of Heritage Languages: An “American Tragedy” or “New Opportunity” - Joshua A. Fishman

Chapter 2: 300- Plus Years of Heritage Language Education in the United States - Joshua A. Fishman

Chapter 3: The Spanish Language in California - Guadalupe Valdés

Chapter 4: The Use of Spanish by Latino Professionals in California - Joshua A. Fishman, Guadalupe Valdés , Rebecca Chávez, William Pérez

Chapter 5: The Foreign Language Teaching Profession and the Challenges of Developing Language Resources - Guadalupe Valdés

Chapter 6 Secondary Spanish Heritage Programs in California - Joshua A. Fishman, Guadalupe Valdés , Rebecca Chávez, William Pérez

Chapter 7 Post- Secondary Spanish Heritage Programs in California - Joshua A. Fishman, Guadalupe Valdés , Rebecca Chávez, William Pérez

Chapter 8 The Teaching Of Heritage Languages: Lessons from California - Guadalupe Valdés

Chapter 9 Imagining Linguistic Pluralism in the Usa - Joshua A. Fishman

Methodological Appendix: References

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