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ERIC Number: EJ937150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1550-7076
Filling the Void: Community Spanish Language Programs in Los Angeles Serving to Preserve the Language
Carreira, Maria M.; Rodriguez, Rey M.
Heritage Language Journal, v8 n2 p1-16 Sum 2011
An extensive body of research documents the successes of immigrant groups in establishing community language schools. Studied within this tradition, Latino immigrant communities appear to come up short, because of the scarcity of such schools for Spanish-speaking children. However, as we show in this paper, Latino immigrant communities do have strategies for filling the void to ensure the generational transmission of Spanish. Although relatively few in number and despite a great need for such institutions, the landscape of community language resources in the Los Angeles area stands out for the range of options that exist for exposing Latino youth to their heritage language. The four programs described here, each serving a distinct community vision for the teaching of Spanish, evidence great linguistic agency and resourcefulness on the part of Latino parents, as well as a clear understanding of the role and the critical need that they envision for Spanish in the lives of their children. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California