Capstone Project Title
There is increasing evidence of academic underachievement in school-age Spanish speaking emerging bilingual students - the largest second language speaking group in the USA. Research in the field of heritage language learning has been ongoing since the 1970s. Most research has been concentrated at the elementary school level. This capstone seeks to answer the question of what advantages can be leveraged by offering a Spanish for Heritage Learners class as an elective to Spanish speaking long-term English language learners in middle school. Research is reviewed on themes of long-term English language learners, bilingual literacy, academic self concept and cultural identity. Research identifies two key advantages: an improvement in second language (L2, i.e. English) literacy and increased academic self concept. Information from this research is drawn on to create a platform of five presentations to launch a school district campaign to trial Spanish for Heritage Learners in middle school.
At-risk Students, ESL/ ELLs, Literacy, Multicultural Education
Milne, Claire, "What Advantages Can Be Leveraged By Offering A Spanish For Heritage Learners Class As An Elective To Spanish Speaking Long-Term English Language Learners In Middle School?" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 373.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects