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ERIC Number: EJ1057313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: EISSN-1072-4303
Speaking English and the Loss of Heritage Language
Cohen, James; Wickens, Corrine M.
TESL-EJ, v18 n4 Feb 2015
In this qualitative study, we explored the perspectives of three adolescent immigrants regarding learning English in an American High School. We learned that 1) academically English was the primary venue of instruction and considered the primary pathway to educational success. 2) The students claimed their ability to communicate in English had surpassed their ability to communicate in Spanish, and 3) Although they still appeared to maintain belief in the power of the English language as a pivotal point of access to success and upward mobility, they also began to question English's unequivocal priority in their educational careers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona