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ERIC Number: ED423674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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An Investigation of Student Opinions and Educational Experiences in Spanish for the Heritage Speakers at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.
Reber, Theresa; Geeslin, Kimberly
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v3 n2 p33-50 Spr 1998
A study examined university students' beliefs about the availability and content of Spanish courses designed for heritage speakers. Subjects were 50 students in three classes at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, who were administered a questionnaire on student demographics, prior Spanish language instruction or instruction in Spanish, and attitudes about SHS (Spanish for Heritage Seakers) offerings, course level, desired course content, and what they would change or add to the existing program. Most of the respondents were born in the United States, and most learned English literacy first. Eighty percent attended American public schools, but few spoke English before entering the system, and only nine respondents received any SHS instruction. Two-thirds felt SHS instruction should be offered as early as possible in the educational experience; some feared this might interfere with acquisition of English. Grammar was clearly the main area of student interest, followed by formal language usage. Culture and history were also considered important. Topics considered to be of minor importance included art, literature, politics, and Chicano language. (Contains 32 references and the questionnaire). (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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