ERIC Number: ED418583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
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United States Native Spanish Speakers and Their Spanish Language Education: Needs, Attitudes, and Characteristics.
A doctoral dissertation describes the needs, attitudes, and characteristics of 82 bilingual native speakers of Spanish in Arizona, most community college students, concerning their Spanish language education. Data were gathered using a survey, 14 interviews, observation in classroom and home environments, and four case studies. Results indicate the subjects placed high value on the Spanish language and the importance of maintaining and continuing to learn Spanish. Although many were comfortable using Spanish at home, their comfort level declined when using Spanish outside the home. Subjects raised in Spanish-speaking homes indicated a desire to study Spanish with other native speakers. These individuals also self-assessed higher in all four language skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, writing) and in confidence in using Spanish. All participants rated the skills' importance in the same order. The majority of those raised in Spanish-speaking homes felt equally competent in Spanish and English, while only 20 percent of others felt so. The role of family, especially the grandmother, in transmission of language was found to be extremely important. It is concluded that the optimal Spanish-for-Native-Speakers program should encourage continued home language acquisition and maintenance in home, community, and academic settings. Contains 72 references. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Communication Apprehension, Community Colleges, Educational Attitudes, Educational Needs, Family Environment, Family Influence, Language Attitudes, Language Role, Language Skills, Language Usage, Native Language Instruction, Native Speakers, Spanish Speaking, Student Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
UMI, 300 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346 (Order No. 9724905).
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Northern Arizona University.