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Article: Learning Spanish as a heritage language: The role of sociocultural background variables

TitleLearning Spanish as a heritage language: The role of sociocultural background variables
Authors
KeywordsAdult language learner
Cultural
Heritage language
Language instruction
Language learning
Latino
Issue Date2005
PublisherMultilingual Matters Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.multilingual-matters.com/multi/journals/journals_lcc.asp
Citation
Language, Culture And Curriculum, 2005, v. 18 n. 3, p. 229-241 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study represents a first effort to identify sociocultural background variables that predict the successful mastery of a heritage language by adult learners. While there are well-documented sociocultural models for other second language learners, thus far there are no similar published models for heritage language learners. We focused on Latino college students learning Spanish (N = 55) and the following background variables: cultural identification, cultural participation, and use of Spanish outside of class. Language assessments focused on learners' mastery of Spanish accent and grammar. Results indicate that these background variables are related to mastery of Spanish accent, and that use of Spanish outside of class is related to mastery of Spanish grammar. The findings have important implications for language instruction and point to a number of important future research directions in the field of heritage language learning and instruction. © 2005 J. S. Oh and T. K. Au.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/89461
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.816
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.560
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dc.description.abstractThis study represents a first effort to identify sociocultural background variables that predict the successful mastery of a heritage language by adult learners. While there are well-documented sociocultural models for other second language learners, thus far there are no similar published models for heritage language learners. We focused on Latino college students learning Spanish (N = 55) and the following background variables: cultural identification, cultural participation, and use of Spanish outside of class. Language assessments focused on learners' mastery of Spanish accent and grammar. Results indicate that these background variables are related to mastery of Spanish accent, and that use of Spanish outside of class is related to mastery of Spanish grammar. The findings have important implications for language instruction and point to a number of important future research directions in the field of heritage language learning and instruction. © 2005 J. S. Oh and T. K. Au.en_HK
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dc.subjectAdult language learneren_HK
dc.subjectCulturalen_HK
dc.subjectHeritage languageen_HK
dc.subjectLanguage instructionen_HK
dc.subjectLanguage learningen_HK
dc.subjectLatinoen_HK
dc.titleLearning Spanish as a heritage language: The role of sociocultural background variablesen_HK
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