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2014

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education

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Illinois State University

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Cultural Identity And Heritage Language Learners, Lydia Reitz Apr 2014

Cultural Identity And Heritage Language Learners, Lydia Reitz

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Heritage language learners (HLLs) in college are studied more than other groups of students with differences, and they are becoming more prevalent in the foreign language (FL) classroom. For the purpose of this study, HLL is defined as; an individual who has parents from a Spanish-speaking country, but was born in the United States and has an almost complete speaking proficiency and any range of grammatical dominance of Spanish (Valdés 2001). This definition eliminates those students who were born in Spanish-speaking countries and those who have little to no dominance of either speaking proficiency and grammatical dominance of the ...