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ERIC Number: ED076982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 329
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Language Factors in the Employment of Bilingual Mexican-Americans: A Case Study Analysis.
Garcia, Nelda Carola
To determine the extent to which the perceived English language performance of employed bilingual Mexican-Americans influenced or handicapped them in performing job duties as proficiently as their monolingual counterparts, personal interviews were conducted with equal numbers of Mexican-Americans, their non-Mexican-American occupational peers, and persons in supervisory positions over each "matched pair" of white-collar employees. Fifteen Texas firms in finance, retail trade, and utilities industries in three cities close to and three away from the Texas-Mexico border were represented. Three perceptions of performance of 10 language factors related to white-collar work situations were obtained--a self-rating, a peer-rating, and a management-rating. Data indicated that perceived language performance abilities of both ethnic groups were relatively high, with the Mexican-American subjects ranking somewhat lower. Self-images, however, were low for non-Mexican-Americans and high for the Mexican-American subjects. Expected language abilities included comprehension of written materials and verbal instructions, use of correct verbal grammar, and use of varied and selective words relevant to the situation. The dual language characteristic of the Mexican-American employees did not affect their overall job-related language performance. (Author/HS)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Michigan State University