Spanish Television Hinder Hispanic Children's Bilingualism Development in Texas

June 2014, Volume 4, No. 6, pp. 405–417, Journal of Modern Education Review, ISSN 2155-7993, Academic Star Publishing Company

13 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2014

See all articles by Yulin Feng

Yulin Feng

Yu-Lin Feng

Rubén Olague

Texas A&M University - Department of Teacher & Bilingual Education

Armando Diaz

Armando Diaz

Valentin Ekiaka Nzai

Texas A&M University - Department of Teacher & Bilingual Education

Date Written: April 2, 2014

Abstract

Research on media exposure, especially televisions (TVs) has documented the positive impact of media on oral fluency development and language acquisition (Bittman, Rutherford, Brown, & Unsworth, 2011; Mendelsohn, Brockmeyer, Dreyer, Fierman, Berkule-Silberman, & Tomopoulos, 2010; Pandya, 2012). However, little attention has been paid to effects of Spanish-Speaking media, especially Televisions (TVs) on Hispanic children in a predominantly subtractive bilingualism. Thus, this qualitative study aimed to initiate the discussion on the role of the U.S. Spanish Speaking TVs in fostering bilingualism — biliteracy among Hispanic children. The following research question guided this query: To what extent does Spanish TV foster Hispanic children’s heritage language (Spanish) development?

Findings suggested that the ratio of Spanish TV programs time-air for children is very low. Consequently, Spanish TV programs seem to be powerless in fostering Hispanic Children bilingualism-biliteracy development.

Recommendations for elementary teachers of English language learners are drafted from the additive bilingualism perspective.

Keywords: Spanish Television, Spanish media outlets, bilingualism-biliteracy, Hispanic

Suggested Citation

Feng, Yulin and Olague, Rubén and Diaz, Armando and Nzai, Valentin Ekiaka, Spanish Television Hinder Hispanic Children's Bilingualism Development in Texas (April 2, 2014). June 2014, Volume 4, No. 6, pp. 405–417, Journal of Modern Education Review, ISSN 2155-7993, Academic Star Publishing Company. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2492174

Yulin Feng

Yu-Lin Feng ( email )

College of Education and Human Performance
700 University Blvd
Kingsville, TX 78363-8202
United States

Rubén Olague

Texas A&M University - Department of Teacher & Bilingual Education ( email )

College of Education and Human Performance
700 University Blvd
Kingsville, TX 78363-8202
United States

Armando Diaz

Armando Diaz ( email )

College of Education and Human Performance
700 University Blvd
Kingsville, TX 78363-8202
United States

Valentin Ekiaka Nzai (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University - Department of Teacher & Bilingual Education ( email )

College of Education and Human Performance
700 University Blvd
Kingsville, TX 78363-8202
United States

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