“My Life in the United States, Young Hispanic Heritage Language Speakers Write About Their Experiences.” Hispanic students with diverse oral and literacy proficiency levels engage in an autobiographical writing process in a College course designed for heritage language learners. They share common experiences growing up with two languages and two cultures, and similar life struggles. The development of a step by step writing process motivates them to write fluently while turning an oral private language into a written public one. This methodology promotes creativity, discussions about dual identity, future goals, and responsibilities as a growing minority in the U.S; Students also learn syntactic rules, orthography and stylistics. After a semester editing work, they are asked to grant copyright permission for a published book. Proceeds from the sale are used to create a scholarship within the College Foundation for the recovery of heritage languages.
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