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Spanish Heritage Speakers and Second Language Learners in Mixed Classrooms: Perceptions of Students and Instructors

  • Author / Creator
    Campanaro, Teresa G.
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3ZS2KM0B
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Specialization
    • Applied Linguistics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Yvonne Lam (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Yvonne Lam (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
    • Dr. Olenka Bilash (Education)
    • Dr. Martín Guardado (Faculty of Extension)