ERIC Number: EJ951054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
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The Interface of Language Proficiency and Identity: A Profile Analysis of Bilingual Adolescents and Their Writing
Danzak, Robin L.
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v42 n4 p506-519 Oct 2011
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore how adolescent English language learners' (ELLs') language and literacy experiences impacted their identities as bilingual writers. Method: Six students were randomly selected from a group of 20 Spanish-speaking ELLs, ages 11-14, who participated in a larger, mixed-methods study on bilingual writing (see Danzak, 2011). The participants produced 10 written journal entries in their language of choice (English, Spanish, or both) and were interviewed. Qualitative analyses were applied to the participants' writing and interviews, both individually and cross-case. Findings were integrated to some extent with the outcomes of quantitative measures applied to the students' writing. Results: Three patterns emerged: ethnic differences, language discrimination, and language preference. Also, the students' self-identification as monolingual or bilingual was reflected in their attitudes toward language learning and their outcomes on writing measures. Three portraits of emerging bilingual writers are discussed: struggling emerging, dominant emerging, and balanced emerging. Language and literacy learning strategies are recommended for each. Conclusions: Qualitative profiles of adolescent ELLs offer an understanding of students' experiences and identities that augments information provided by quantitative writing measures. Additionally, a mixed-methods profile analysis may aid in the identification of adolescent ELLs who may be struggling with undiagnosed language learning disabilities.
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Bilingualism, Adolescents, Writing (Composition), English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Self Concept, Spanish Speaking, Student Journals, Interviews, Language Attitudes, Ethnic Groups, Differences, Social Discrimination
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