Immersion and Identity: Experiences of an African American Preschool Child

Ruanda Garth McCullough, Sharon Adelman Reyes


This article explores the benefits and challenges of a Spanish language immersion preschool from the perspective of a non-Spanish speaking African American family.  Data explored include the decision to enroll, reactions from peers and family, home-school communication issues, language development, and family involvement.  In addition, recommendations for families considering this bilingual option are considered. The primary data used for this article come from 127 journal entries written by the mother of the child from the beginning of the preschool admissions process until the end of preschool.


Spanish language immersion, African American preschooler, bilingual education, qualitatiave case study

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