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Spanish as a Heritage Language in the United States, Research and Practice
Ana Roca and M. Cecilia Colombi, Editors
An increasing number of U.S. Latinos are seeking to become more proficient in Spanish. The Spanish they may have been exposed to in childhood may not be sufficient when they find themselves as adults in more demanding environments, academic or professional. Heritage language learners appear in a wide spectrum of proficiency, from those who have a low level of speaking abilities, to those who may have a higher degree of bilingualism, but not fluent. Whatever the individual case may be, these heritage speakers of Spanish have different linguistic and pedagogical needs than those students learning Spanish as a second or foreign language.
Ana Roca is a professor in the Modern Languages department at Florida International University, Miami. She is chair of the Spanish for Native Speakers Committee of the AATSP. Her main areas of teaching and research interest are Spanish, Spanish in the United States, bilingualism and heritage language education issues in Spanish, language teaching, language education policy issues, and Hispanic culture and film. Roca is the author or coeditor of many books, including Research on Spanish in the United States; Nuevos Mundos (text & workbook); Spanish in Contact: Issues in Bilingualism (co-edited with John B. Jensen); and Spanish in the United States: Linguistic Contact and Diversity (co-edited with John M. Lipski).
"This book is a unique contribution in that it incorporates theory, research, and practice and moves us forward to the next stage in the development of this specialized field of inquiry and teaching. Roca and Colombi have brought together an exceptional [volume] that focus[es] on the most important issues involving the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language today."—From the Preface by Guadalupe Valdés
"Mi lengua is a valuable collection that can serve not only professors and future researchers in the field of teaching Spanish to bilingual speakers, but also students in the area of political reform (reforms surrounding inherited language), interested in making new proposals or in disseminating new pedagogies."—Estudios de lingüística aplicada
"Provides credible research and sound pedagogical strategies for addressing the education of the ever-increasing numbers of Spanish heritage language speakers in the United States. Its publication is timely and it should be required reading for all people who currently teach Spanish or plan to teach it in the future."—Language Problems and Language Planning
Table of Contents
1. Insights form Research and Practice in Spanish as a Heritage Language
M. Cecilia Colombi and Ana Roca
Part I Spanish as a Heritage Language
2. Toward a Theory of Heritage Language Acquisition
Spanish in the United States
3. Profiles of SNS Students in the Twenty-First Century
Pedagogical Implications of the Changing Demographics and Social Status of U.S. Hispanics
María M. Carreira
4. Un enfoque funcional para la enseñanza del ensayo expositivo
¿Revitalización o erradicación de la variedad chicana?
Ysaura Bernal-Enríquez and Eduardo Hernández Chávez
Part II Community and Classroom-Based Research Studies
Implications for Instruction K-16
6. "Spanish in My Blood"
Children's Spanish Language Development in Dual-Language Immersion Programs
Ernestina Pesina Hernández, Hinako Takahashi-Breines, and Rebecca Blum-Martínez
7. Minority Perspectives on Language
Mexican and Mexican-American Adolescents' Attitudes toward Spanish and English
Karen Beckstead and Almeida Jacqueline Toribio
8. META: A Model for the Continued Acquisition of Spanish by Spanish/English Bilinguals in the United States
Roberto Luis Carrasco and Florencia Riegelhaupt
9. La enseñanza del español a los hispanohablantes bilingües y su efecto en la producción oral
Marta Fairclough and N. Ariana Mrak
10. Academic Registers in Spanish in the U.S.
A Study of Oral Texts Produced by Bilingual Speakers in a University Graduate Program
11. ¡No me suena!
Heritage Spanish Speakers' Writing Strategies
Ana María Schwartz
12. Navegando a través del registro formal
Curso para hispanohablantes bilingües
13. Spanish Print Environments
Implications for Heritage Language Development
Sandra Liliana Pucci