Capstone/Dissertation Title

A study of how the attitudes and beliefs of Hispanic children and their families about the Spanish language may affect the Spanish fluency level of the children

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

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MAT

Abstract

This capstone address the research question: How do the attitudes and beliefs of Hispanic children and their families about the Spanish language affect the Spanish fluency level of the children? The methodology used to answer this research question was a series of focus groups and personal interviews with Hispanic children and their families. Literature was reviewed to look at views of bilingualism, motivation behind language acquisition and to ultimately define differing fluency levels. Conclusions were then formed based on results from participants were then compared to look at how their attitudes and beliefs may or may not contribute to their overall Spanish fluency level.

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