Identidades gramaticales: perspectivas estudiantiles hacia el a prendizaje y uso de gramática en una clase de SHL

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https://doi.org/10.21283/2376905X.3.47

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SPANISH AS A HERITAGE LANGUAGE, LINGUISTIC ATTITUDES, TEACHING GRAMMAR, ACADEMIC SPANISH, SOCIOLINGUISTICS

Abstract

Serving as a complement to previous studies that deal with student perspectives and attitudes (Ducar, 2008), this study highlights the voices of students of Spanish as a Heritage Language with the purpose of improving grammar instruction. The guiding questions of the study concern: 1) How students conceptualize grammar? 2) What are students’ attitudes towards learning grammar? and 3) Which registers or dialects should be used in the classroom according to students? Interviews were carried out with students in an intermediate level Spanish as a Heritage Language class in order to explore grammar related themes, the use of different registers, and perceptions about the SHL program in general. The comments of the participants revealed positive attitudes towards learning grammar and a sophisticated understanding of sociolinguistic variation, which has implications for future studies as well as grammar teaching. 

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Molly Perara-Lunde, University of New Mexico

Molly Perara-Lunde is a doctoral student in the program of Educational Linguistics at the University of New Mexico. She has experience teaching Spanish and English as a second language as well as Spanish as a Heritage Language. She currently teaches Spanish as a Heritage Language at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include Heritage Language Research, Sociology of Language, and First and Second Language Development. 

Fernando Melero-García, Indiana University

Fernando Melero-García graduated in Spring 2015 with an M.A. in Spanish with a concentration in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of New Mexico. In Fall 2015, he started a doctoral program in Hispanic Linguistics at Indiana University. He has experience teaching Spanish in the United States to both heritage and second language learners. His research interests include Spanish in the US, Language Variation, and Sociolinguistics. 

Published

12/31/2015

How to Cite

Perara-Lunde, M., & Melero-García, F. (2015). Identidades gramaticales: perspectivas estudiantiles hacia el a prendizaje y uso de gramática en una clase de SHL. EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages, 2(2), 67–84. https://doi.org/10.21283/2376905X.3.47

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