Academic Language Development in Latino Students’ Writing in Spanish
This chapter analyzes the development of academic writing in Spanish as a native minority language in a bilingual context from the perspective of systemic func tional linguistics (SFL). This project is part of a longitudinal study that examines written texts of Latino college students in opinion essays (expository texts) during 1 academic year (three quarters) in a program of Spanish for Native Speakers. The students in this program are second-generation immigrants who are the first in their families to access higher education. The Spanish for Native Speakers pro gram aims to develop academic proficiency in oral and written modes using a Freirian and process-writing oriented methodology (multiple version assignments, peer editing, tutors). The longitudinal study attempts to discover the extent to which Latino college students develop full control of literate language.