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ERIC Number: EJ1162709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Who Are Heritage Writers? Language Experiences and Writing Proficiency
Gatti, Alberta; O'Neill, Teresa
Foreign Language Annals, v50 n4 p734-753 Win 2017
This article explores the relationship between the writing proficiency of heritage speakers of Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Spanish and their context of acquisition, educational experiences, and language practices. Biographical data and proficiency ratings obtained with the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test were collected for 187 adult heritage speakers. These data are analyzed in order to shed light on connections between the writing proficiency of heritage speakers of these three languages and their language experiences, which have implications for placement and pedagogy in the postsecondary setting. The results of the analysis are then deployed in a series of recommendations to support the development of writing proficiency in the classroom. The authors advocate a proficiency-oriented approach to the teaching of heritage language that leverages the learners' linguistic resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
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