Event: 14th Annual Center for Hearing Research (CHR) Symposium
Theme: Variation from Hearing to Language
Location: Medical Education Building, UCI
Date: June 1, 2019
Presentation Title: Dual-Language Engagement: Concerted Cultivation of Spanish among Students, Teachers, and Parents
Presenters: Yenda Prado, Elizabeth Peña
Research has shown that bilinguals typically privilege majority-labeled over heritage language. Privileging is related to identity, proficiency, language use, and cross-cultural attitudes toward language. It is not clear why privileging occurs in environments deemed supportive of dual-language cultivation. This mixed-methods research explores language privileging by investigating the moves students, teachers, and parents make in their concerned cultivation of Spanish within a dual-language immersion school.
Findings suggest that students’ Spanish use is (a) cultivated across culturally specified spaces, speech, and contexts; (b) by incorporating multiple concurrent instructional strategies, (c) with opportunities for full language immersion, and (4) by developing comfort, support, and engagement.
Yenda Prado (photo by Phillip Tran)