Investment or hegemony : language equity in a two-way dual language classroom
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This ethnographic case study is situated in a suburban elementary school’s third grade Two-Way 50:50 Dual Language immersion model in Central Texas. Interviews, surveys and observations were conducted to examine the students’ use of the two languages targeted in the Dual Language Immersion program, English and Spanish. Drawing on the notion of “investment” (Norton, 2000) and Bourdieu’s theory of “cultural and linguistic capital” (Bourdieu, 1986), this research studies the language use of six students representing the two language groups in the program. In the data analysis, the researcher finds that the notion of investment is consistent in all the participants, although the aspect that they choose to invest in varies and is represented in their culture, language and identity.