ERIC Number: ED446445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug-11
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Transcultural Experiences: A Literature Bridge to English for ESOL Students from Cuba.
Macia, Jose J.
This qualitative study is concerned with exploring the transcultural experiences of ESOL students and connecting their lived experiences to literature in the classroom. The purpose of the study was to describe and explain the transcultural perspectives of six high school and community college students-- four Cuban-born and two American-born but raised in the Cuban-American culture. It investigates their lived transcultural experiences. The data was collected in the form of student interviews, a researcher's journal, and document reviews. The following exploratory questions guided this study: (1) From the perspective of four Cuban-born non-native English-speaking students (NNS), what are the essential structures of their transcultural identities? (2) What are the underlying themes that account for the Cuban NNS students' transcultural experiences? (3) What are the universal structures found among Cuban NNS students' transcultural experiences and the Cuban-American, native English/Spanish speaking (NESS) students' experiences? (4) What are the possible structural meanings of the Cuban NNS students' interests in relation to their transcultural experiences? (5) What are some of the connections between the structural themes inherent in the Cuban NNS students' transcultural experiences and their teaching literature in English as a second or other language (ESOL)? Results of the survey provide a better understanding of these students' transcultural experiences and show the potential of connecting their perspectives to literature in the classroom. (Author/KFT)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cross Cultural Studies, Cubans, Culturally Relevant Education, English (Second Language), High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic Americans, Interviews, Literature, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spanish Speaking, Teaching Methods, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Florida International University.