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ERIC Number: EJ953188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
"Hay Que Seguir Luchando": Struggles that Shaped English Language Learning of Four Cuban Immigrant Women
Butcher, John S.; Townsend, Jane S.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v24 n7 p829-856 2011
Newly arrived from Cuba, Angelica, Dora, Marina, and Damaris attempted to negotiate new surroundings and immigrant identities, building a sense of home for themselves and their families. Data from qualitative interviews, classroom observations, and focus group conversations revealed hopes that by acquiring English language skills, they would improve their quality of life in their new country. Struggles included personal factors situated in their pasts in Cuba and their new surrounds in the Miami Cuban exile enclave, contexts that were further complicated by uncertain expectations of new lives in Miami and the overwhelming task of learning a new language at a local adult education center. The women negotiated pressure from spouses, assisted children in Cuba, pondered uncertainties of crossing cultural and linguistic borders, and anticipated eventual acceptance within the greater English-speaking society. The women's individual "luchas" (struggles) and English language learning efforts were tempered by their dreams for their children and themselves. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cuba; Florida