ERIC Number: ED478572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
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Spanish for Heritage Speakers: An Issue of Definition and a Question of Preferences and Beliefs.
Pino, Barbara Gonzalez
From 1998-2001, students in Spanish classes at the University of Texas San Antonio competed surveys regarding how they defined their language skills and how they felt about special courses. A total of 642 students, of whom 482 were Hispanic, completed surveys. Overall, 70 percent of the students thought that if heritage courses were offered, they should be optional. All of the students felt it was important for students to be able to benefit from what they already knew to make an A or to improve their grade point average. Only 42 percent thought heritage courses should even be offered (not required). Nearly all of the students thought that one course sequence was sufficient. Seventy percent of the Hispanic students called themselves true beginners, even though more than half of them heard or spoke Spanish at home or in the community. About 80 percent would not register for heritage classes, and 30 percent thought heritage classes would be too demanding. About 60 percent requested study of cross-cultural communication, and 90 percent requested that study of the Hispanic cultural heritage of the southwest be included in their Spanish courses. The language profile questionnaire is appended. (Contains 34 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: In: The National Association of African American Studies, National Association of Hispanic & Latino Studies, National Association of Native American Studies, and International Association of Asian Studies 2001 Monograph Series. Proceedings (Houston, TX, February 12-17, 2001).