Date of Graduation

Fall 12-15-2022

Document Access

Restricted Project/Capstone - USF access only

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


School of Education


Teaching English as a Second Language

First Advisor

Luz Navarette Garcia


Many Spanish-speaking families have immigrated to the United States and have lost their heritage language(s) over time. This is generally due to the fact that they need to learn English to settle in and succeed with school and professional endeavors. In turn, this can lead to abandoning or changing the focus on Spanish and the home culture in order to acculturate to life in the United States. This can eventually affect learners’ sense of linguistic and cultural identity. ELD/ESOL teachers have the opportunity to counteract this by educating themselves, their students, and parents, on the value and importance of heritage language maintenance (and along with it, the home culture). The handbook included in this document serves as a resource for ESOL/ELD teachers, parents, and students who are interested in trying to mitigate this process of heritage language loss. Lastly, this work includes conclusions and recommendations regarding how to further research and address this issue.

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