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Influence of Writing Instruction on Spanish Heritage Learners in Heritage-Only and Mixed Courses: A Longitudinal Study

Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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Academic Editors: Idoia Elola and Raychel Vasseur
Languages 2021, 6(2), 109; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6020109
Received: 31 March 2021 / Revised: 8 June 2021 / Accepted: 16 June 2021 / Published: 18 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue L2/HL Writing and Technology)
University Spanish courses designed specifically for heritage language learners (HLLs) are becoming more common, and researchers have indicated that empirical research is needed to evaluate their effectiveness. This longitudinal study investigates the writing development of 24 HLLs as a result of instruction over the course of the semester. Nine were enrolled in a heritage-only section of a Spanish composition course, and the remainder were from mixed HL/L2 sections of the same course. Both section types were taught online. The major assignments the students produced were two 500-word essays, and students also completed bi-weekly forum posts. We examined the development of lexical density, sophistication, and diversity as well as syntactic complexity and accuracy by comparing each student’s first and final essay and forum posts. Findings indicate that there were significant differences between the scores received on the forum posts in comparison to the essays. However, there were no significant developmental differences in terms of group. Implications, avenues for future research, and pedagogical suggestions are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: heritage language instruction; writing development; writing and technology heritage language instruction; writing development; writing and technology
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Hurtado, I.; Gastañaga, K. Influence of Writing Instruction on Spanish Heritage Learners in Heritage-Only and Mixed Courses: A Longitudinal Study. Languages 2021, 6, 109. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6020109

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Hurtado I, Gastañaga K. Influence of Writing Instruction on Spanish Heritage Learners in Heritage-Only and Mixed Courses: A Longitudinal Study. Languages. 2021; 6(2):109. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6020109

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Hurtado, Irati, and Kacie Gastañaga. 2021. "Influence of Writing Instruction on Spanish Heritage Learners in Heritage-Only and Mixed Courses: A Longitudinal Study" Languages 6, no. 2: 109. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6020109

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