This book describes the educational experiences and linguistic outcomes of students in Chicago, Illinois, who are attending one of the oldest Spanish-English dual immersion schools in the United States. The author follows a group of students during fifth grade and again during eighth grade, documenting their Spanish use and proficiency as well as how Spanish and English intersect with the ongoing production of their identities.
Kim Potowski is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the Spanish for heritage speakers program. Her research focuses on the Spanish of bilingual speakers, including how Spanish is spoken in the United States, the effectiveness of curricula for heritage speakers, and professional development for teachers. She is the author of Fundamentos de la ensenanza del espanol a hispanohablantes en los Estados Unidos (Arco Libros, 2005).
Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Immersion Classroom Research and Methodology of this Study Chapter 3: Inter-American Magnet School Chapter 4: Fifth Grade Language Use and Proficiency Chapter 5: Identity Investments of Fifth Graders Chapter 6: Language Use in Eighth Grade Chapter 7: Spanish Proficiency in Eighth Grade Chapter 8: Identity Investments in Eighth Grade Chapter 9: Conclusions