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second language learners
heritage speakers
mixed classes
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Campanaro, Teresa G.
Supervisor and department
Dr. Yvonne Lam (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Yvonne Lam (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Dr. Martín Guardado (Faculty of Extension)
Dr. Olenka Bilash (Education)
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Applied Linguistics
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Master of Arts
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Heritage speakers and second language learners (L2) are enrolled together in many Spanish classes in North American universities. These groups have differing language abilities, motivations and needs, and being in the same class could represent a challenge for them. The purpose of this study is to examine the perceptions of Canadian learners in mixed classes. This study also adds the perceptions of instructors of how to address the needs of students in these classes. Data were gathered from questionnaires and interviews with 55 students and four course instructors. Findings revealed that both groups respected each other and appreciated collaborative opportunities, as it allowed them to benefit from each others' strengths. Participants showed more positive perceptions than those in previous studies on the United States. The study also provided evidence that the way the instructor handles the mix of these groups is important to the success of the class
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