Subject Area

Education policy; Educational psychology; Elementary education


Major: Elementary and Special Education
Minor: Spanish and Public and Community Service

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ana Cecilia Iraheta, Foreign Language Studies

This project analyzes the relationship between ethnic identity and maintenance of a heritage language. Specifically, how the level of familiarity with the parent’s culture affects the acquisition of Spanish in first generation participants in the North-East region. The study has implications for participants and teachers. For participants, it is important to learn about their heritage culture to maintain their language skills to then pass down their history to future generations. For teachers, to promote the maintenance of a student’s heritage language and the acquisition of a second language, as well as, to create a space for students to feel comfortable to take pride in their bilingualism and culture.


Providence College



Start Date

4-22-2020 12:00 AM






Included in

Education Commons



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