ERIC Number: ED486456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Bilingualism. Survey Brief
Pew Hispanic Center
The Pew Hispanic Center/Kaiser Family Foundation 2002 National Survey of Latinos explored the attitudes and experiences of Latinos on a wide variety of topics. The survey sample was designed to include enough Hispanics from various backgrounds and national origin groups so that in addition to describing Latinos overall, comparisons also could be made among segments of the Hispanic population. In the course of an extensive battery of questions about language use and abilities, the survey asked adult Hispanic respondents about their ability to speak Spanish, as well as English. It is important to note that this brief categorizes Hispanic adults solely on the basis of their spoken language abilities. Information on reading proficiencies and language usage is presented, but Latino adults are grouped only using information on speaking skills. Nearly all native-born Latino adults report speaking and understanding a conversation in English either "pretty well" or "very well." The survey shows that Spanish speaking ability also is fairly pervasive among Latino adults, so that English/ Spanish bilingualism, in terms of speaking abilities, is fairly robust.
Descriptors: Language Usage, Bilingualism, Hispanic Americans, Spanish Speaking, Attitude Measures, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, Immigrants
Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, 1919 M Street NW, Suite 460, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-452-1702; Fax: 202-785-8282; Web site: http://www.pewhispanic.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hispanic Center, Washington, DC.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC.