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Title:A tale of two courses: exploring the relationship between identity, modern language, and career aspirations of undergraduate students in language for specific purposes classrooms
Author(s):Mosley Vaughan, Robin Nicole
Director of Research:Haas Dyson, Anne
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Haas Dyson, Anne
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Trent, William; Smith, Patrick; Hood, Denice
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Spanish language learning
Language for specific purposes
Undergraduate students
Students of color
Personal and professional development
Abstract:This study concerns itself with how identity, modern language, and career aspirations function on a micro-level and macro-level as it pertains to the Trump administration. Through two language for specific purpose (LSP) classrooms, questions explore personal identity, Spanish major and minor connections, and how Spanish connects to career aspirations. This also explores the professor’s perspective with her personal identity, Spanish connection, and experience as a professor of Spanish teaching students in these LSP courses. Based on sixteen semi-structured interviews with seven students and one professor, observations, and my experience as a modern language learner, a key finding is that language is political and complex as it lends itself to how students view themselves and their interests in the future. This finding has implications for the creation of LSP courses as well as better practices for academic/career advising, teaching, and the increased enrollment of language learners.
Issue Date:2017-07-12
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Robin Mosley Vaughan
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-09-29
Date Deposited:2017-08

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