Accent-uating Rules and Relationships: Motivations, Attitudes, and Goals in a Spanish for Native Speakers Class


  • Ariana M. Mikulski

    1. Arizona State University
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      Ariana Mikulshi (PhD, University of Iowa) is Assistant Professor of Child Development and Southwest Borderlands Scholar at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona


This study examines the motivations, attitudes, and goals of a Spanish for native speakers (SNS) class at a large Midwestern university over a semestel; using questionnaires, student interviews, classroom observation, and instructor interviews as data sources. It presents results from four students who participated in the data collection, but focuses primarily on the experiences of one student. Students enrolled in the course for both academic and personal reasons. Their goals included improvement of writing skills and mastery of orthographic accents and other grammarlspelling aspects of Spanish. Throughout the semestel; they demonstrated positive attitudes and reported improvement in their Spanish. Furthermore, the development of their skills led them to reevaluate their relationship with language in general and Spanish in particular.