Navigating Internal and External Borderlands: The Experience of Emergent Bilingual Cape Verdean Middle School Students

Abigale E Jansen, University of Rhode Island

Abstract

The purpose of this grounded theory research study was to better understand the experiences of emergent bilingual Cape Verdean Middle School students as they navigate internal and external borderlands. This study was conducted in an urban middle school in New England. Nine female, emergent bilingual Cape Verdean middle school students participated in this study. This study was also completed with the assistance of the school district’s middle school language acquisition coach. The participants contributed to student surveys, focus group discussions, participant observations and member checking. All data was analyzed using coding and grounded theory, which lead to development of theoretical constructs. This study documents some EB students’ experiences and feelings pertaining to language, as well as their cultural, social, and linguistic identities while they navigate different linguistic and social worlds. In addition, this study documents how ideologies of linguistic superiority in different worlds or spaces can affect EB students’ sense of identity and connections to others. The evidence provided in this study is useful to help teachers, administrators, and anyone else involved in education to better understand some realities and challenges many EB students face, as well as how facing these challenges and differences can affect student’s sense of self, linguistic, and cultural identities. This study concludes that it is necessary for schools to work from a to create linguistic democracies.

Subject Area

Bilingual education|English as a Second Language|Education philosophy

Recommended Citation

Abigale E Jansen, "Navigating Internal and External Borderlands: The Experience of Emergent Bilingual Cape Verdean Middle School Students" (2019). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI13807312.
https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/dissertations/AAI13807312

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