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Title:"I Feel Like I Am a Reverse Coconut, White on the Outside, Brown on the Inside
Author(s):Larios, Beatriz
Subject(s):native language, language acquisition
Abstract:The research question that I focused on is students at UIUC who have lost or maybe never learned the language of their parents. Do they feel like they have lost a valuable tie to their culture? I was strongly interested in finding out the connection that language has to identity. I interviewed three UIUC students from different backgrounds and explored what culture meant to them and found out the effect that the University has had on their language acquisition. My research focus was to obtain some form or answer to how these students feel about not being in what could have been their native language.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:ENGL401 Spring 2011: Introduction to the Story of the English Language
Professor Catherine Viera
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-19

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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