The perception of four Latina women: what they say about their lives and learning English





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This study addresses the question: How do Latina women describe their daily lives, and how do their experiences impact their English language learning here in the United States? The study examines the lives of four Latina women living in St. Paul, Minnesota and defines the barriers they face to their English language learning. The women had varying degrees of English language skills and educational backgrounds. The study sought to determine, from the subjects' perspective, what problems they have encountered as immigrants and English language learners. Personal interviews with each subject provided the information for this capstone. The results indicate that these women face isolation, low economics, lack of education from their native countries, affective filters, lack of motivation, and inferior quality of ESL classes. These act as barriers to effective English language learning for these participants.

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