English acquisition in Puerto Rico: Teachers’ insights

Miriam Ebsworth, Timothy John Ebsworth, Chencen Cai

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Abstract

Acquiring English in Puerto Rico involves the perceived advantages of bilingualism in contact with socio-political and economic forces that encourage and constrain the development of a population that is bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English. Using a mixed design we report the perspectives of 86 experienced English teachers on the Island. Participants generally share an understanding of the complexity involved in acquiring English as an additional language in Puerto Rico at all levels of study. They highlight local challenges of motivation and resources, making suggestions for how successful bilingualism could be supported and enhanced in Puerto Rico and analogous settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-88
Number of pages20
JournalBilingual Research Journal
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018

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Puerto Rico
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  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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English acquisition in Puerto Rico : Teachers’ insights. / Ebsworth, Miriam; Ebsworth, Timothy John; Cai, Chencen.

In: Bilingual Research Journal, Vol. 41, No. 1, 02.01.2018, p. 69-88.

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Ebsworth, Miriam ; Ebsworth, Timothy John ; Cai, Chencen. / English acquisition in Puerto Rico : Teachers’ insights. In: Bilingual Research Journal. 2018 ; Vol. 41, No. 1. pp. 69-88.
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