ERIC Number: ED473833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec-28
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language towards Teaching Spanish to Hispanic Students.
Boyd, Rossana R.
This study explored the attitudes of high school teachers of Spanish as a foreign language regarding the following: the use of Spanish, teaching Spanish as a heritage language to Hispanic students, the role of English in the United States, and the use of English at school or home. Participants were teachers of Spanish in three Louisiana school districts. Teachers completed the Attitudes of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language Survey and the Language Attitudes of Teachers Scale. They also participated in group and individual interviews. Findings indicated that Spanish as a heritage language courses should be taught separately from Spanish as a foreign language courses, because of the linguistic and cultural needs of Hispanic students. Participants identified several obstacles to their implementation of heritage language programs. They felt that the barriers they faced could be overcome by a supportive school administration, motivating students to enroll in the courses, training teachers, and acquiring financial resources for materials, curriculum, and assessment (working with guidance counselors for identification and placement). They provided suggestions for accommodating Hispanic students in foreign language courses. Teachers felt this would be possible only if they were prepared to meet students' needs. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab, Metairie, LA. Southeast Comprehensive Assistance Center.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana