Language and Opportunity in the “Land of Opportunity”: Latina Immigrants’ Reflections on Language Learning and Professional Mobility

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Abstract

This study analyzes the goals and realities of four educated, working, adult Latina, English as a Second language (ESL) students living in North Carolina, a region seeing particularly intense migration of Latino immigrants. The study conceptually frames adjustment issues confronted by these Latina immigrants in terms of gender, language, geography, their educational and professional backgrounds, and current experiences and expectations. It concludes by offering social justice—oriented approaches to teaching English to Latina adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-370
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Hispanic Higher Education
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • English-language learning
  • Latina immigrants
  • economic mobility
  • gender
  • identity
  • work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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