Mi Lengua

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Overview

An increasing number of U.S. Latinos are seeking to become more proficient in Spanish. The Spanish they may have been exposed to in childhood may not be sufficient when they find themselves as adults in more demanding environments, academic or professional. Heritage language learners appear in a wide spectrum of proficiency, from those who have a low level of speaking abilities, to those who may have a higher degree of bilingualism, but not fluent. Whatever the individual case may be, these heritage speakers of ...

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Overview

An increasing number of U.S. Latinos are seeking to become more proficient in Spanish. The Spanish they may have been exposed to in childhood may not be sufficient when they find themselves as adults in more demanding environments, academic or professional. Heritage language learners appear in a wide spectrum of proficiency, from those who have a low level of speaking abilities, to those who may have a higher degree of bilingualism, but not fluent. Whatever the individual case may be, these heritage speakers of Spanish have different linguistic and pedagogical needs than those students learning Spanish as a second or foreign language. The members of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) have identified teaching heritage learners as their second greatest area of concern (after proficiency testing). Editors Ana Roca and Cecilia Colombi saw a great need for greater availability and dissemination of scholarly research in applied linguistics and pedagogy that address the development and maintenance of Spanish as a heritage language and the teaching of Spanish to U.S. Hispanic bilingual students in grades K-16. The result is Mi lengua: Spanish as a Heritage Language in the United States. Mi lengua delves into the research, theory, and practice of teaching Spanish as a heritage language in the United States. The editors and contributors examine theoretical considerations in the field of Heritage Language Development (HLD) as well as community and classroom-based research studies at the elementary, secondary, and university levels. Some chapters are written in Spanish and each chapter presents a practical section on pedagogical implications that provides practice-related suggestions for the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language to students from elementary grades to secondary and college and university levels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878409037
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 994,790
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ana Roca is a professor in the Modern Languages department at Florida International University, Miami. She is chair of the Spanish for Native Speakers Committee of the AATSP. Her main areas of teaching and research interest are Spanish, Spanish in the United States, bilingualism and heritage language education issues in Spanish, language teaching, language education policy issues, and Hispanic culture and film. Roca is the author or coeditor of many books, including Research on Spanish in the United States; Nuevos Mundos (text & workbook); Spanish in Contact: Issues in Bilingualism (co-edited with John B. Jensen); and Spanish in the United States: Linguistic Contact and Diversity (co-edited with John M. Lipski).

M. Cecilia Colombi is a professor in the Department of Language and Classics and Associate Language Director at the University of California-Davis. Her research interests include second language acquisition, educational linguistics, and sociolinguistics with emphasis on Spanish in the United States. She is the coauthor of Palabra Abierta (with Jill Pellettieri and Mabel Rodríguez), and the coeditor of both Developing Advanced Literacy in First and Second Language (with Mary Schleppegrell) and La Enseñanza del Español a Hispanohablantes: Praxis y Teoría (with Francisco X. Alarcón).

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"This book is a unique contribution in that it incorporates theory, research, and practice and moves us forward to the next stage in the development of this specialized field of inquiry and teaching. Roca and Colombi have brought together an exceptional [volume] that focus[es] on the most important issues involving the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language today." -- From the Preface by Guadalupe Valdés

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Table of Contents

Foreword Guadalupe Valdés1. Insights form Research and Practice in Spanish as a Heritage Language M. Cecilia Colombi and Ana RocaPart I Spanish as a Heritage LanguageTheoretical Considerations

2. Toward a Theory of Heritage Language AcquisitionSpanish in the United States Andrew Lynch3. Profiles of SNS Students in the Twenty-First CenturyPedagogical Implications of the Changing Demographics and Social Status of U.S. Hispanics María M. Carreira4. Un enfoque funcional para la enseñanza del ensayo expositivo¿Revitalización o erradicación de la variedad chicana? Ysaura Bernal-Enríquez and Eduardo Hernández ChávezPart II Community and Classroom-Based Research StudiesImplications for Instruction K-16

6. "Spanish in My Blood"Children's Spanish Language Development in Dual-Language Immersion Programs Ernestina Pesina Hernández, Hinako Takahashi-Breines, and Rebecca Blum-Martínez7. Minority Perspectives on LanguageMexican and Mexican-American Adolescents' Attitudes toward Spanish and English Karen Beckstead and Almeida Jacqueline Toribio8. META: A Model for the Continued Acquisition of Spanish by Spanish/English Bilinguals in the United States Roberto Luis Carrasco and Florencia Riegelhaupt9. La enseñanza del español a los hispanohablantes bilingües y su efecto en la producción oral Marta Fairclough and N. Ariana Mrak10. Academic Registers in Spanish in the U.S.A Study of Oral Texts Produced by Bilingual Speakers in a University Graduate Program Mariana Achugar11. ¡No me suena!Heritage Spanish Speakers' Writing Strategies Ana María Schwartz12. Navegando a través del registro formalCurso para hispanohablantes bilingües Rebeca Acevedo13. Spanish Print EnvironmentsImplications for Heritage Language Development Sandra Liliana PucciContributors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Very Good Academic Reading!

    Very well written; it addresses contemporary issues in the teaching of Second Language Acquisition, and how it relates to native Speakers of Spanish. Very academic, very informative as well.

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