Gendered Identities and Immigrant Language Learning by Julia Menard-Warwick

By Julia Menard-Warwick

This ethnographic research of a California English as a moment Language software explores how the gendered lifestyles studies of immigrant adults form their participation in either the English language lecture room and the schooling in their childrens, in the modern sociohistorical context of Latin American immigration to the USA.

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By mid-December, I was beginning to think that maybe it was time to leave the CEC: Pilar (intermediate student) came up from downstairs, with her recently arrived sister-in-law Soledad. She introduced her to Jean, and then to me she said, “She only been here two weeks. She no understand nothing. ” I nodded and said, “Maybe,” feeling bad because it was clear that she wanted me to translate for her sister-in-law. Understanding the same thing, Jean said, “In English, Julia, in English”. (Field notes, 12/12/02) After talking it over with fellow graduate students as well as members of my dissertation committee, I decided that the holiday party on December 20 would be my last day of classroom volunteering or observation, but that I would finish life-history interviews after the winter break.

In the meeting, I told them that I was particularly interested in second-language literacy. I said that I would like to begin volunteering in the classes in the spring and summer, and then begin more formal research activities in the fall. Both teachers agreed to this although Jean asked me not to use Spanish with students during class time. I told her that I had taught adult ESL for years to students with whom I had no common language, and did not anticipate difficulties in communicating in English.

We all agreed that he was an unusual man, and Raquel was enthusiastic about the fact that he was praying, not drinking … Raquel asked us what churches we went to. We both said “católica (Catholic),” and Raquel looked slightly embarrassed and said that she was “bautista (Baptist)” but she respected all religions, and that someday they would Social Context of Immigrant Language Learning 21 all be one. Emiliana said they used to all be one before some churches broke away from the Catholic church, and Raquel brought up Juan Bautista (John the Baptist).

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