International Perspectives on Aging

Aging in a Second Language

A Case Study of Aging, Immigration, and an English Learner Speech Community

Authors: Arxer, Steven L., del Puy Ciriza, Maria, Shappeck, Marco

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  • Examines minority aging through intersection of immigration and second language socializationEmphasizes the Mexican origin population
  • Presents longitudinal, qualitative case study data
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​This unique account of English language acquisition by Latino elders shines intimate light on the increasingly complex concerns of aging immigrant minority populations. Rich qualitative findings detail sociocultural barriers to and social and emotive factors that promote second language acquisition in older age. The book’s case study highlights diverse cognitive and social processes as elders establish a sense of self as learners and as part of a learning community, and a sense of place as newcomers navigating a challenging environment. And first-person comments from the group members deftly illustrate the intricacies of being an immigrant in a rapidly changing America as well as the myriad intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, culture, and country that shape immigrant life.

 Included in the coverage:
  •         Minority aging in an immigrant context.
  •         Late-life second language acquisition: cognitive and psycholinguistic changes, challenges, and opportunities.
  •          Building emotions for self-identity and learning.
  •          Practicing safe language socialization in private and public spaces.
  •          Language resocialization and gender allies.
  •          Aging, second language acquisition, and health.

Aging in a Second Language gives clinical social workers, gerontologists, health and cross-cultural psychologists, sociologists, educators and other professionals deep insights into the lives of an emerging active elder population. It also pinpoints challenges and opportunities in research, literacy program design, pedagogy, clinical outreach, education policy, and service delivery to immigrant elders. 

About the authors

Steven L. Arxer, Ph.D. is associate professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas in the Department of Sociology and Psychology. He specializes in qualitative research on minority populations, with a focus on intersectionality, aging and development.

Maria Ciriza-Lope, Ph.D. is assistant professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas in the Department of Languages and Communication. She is an expert on language contact, Spanish heritage language pedagogy and language revitalization movements.

Marco Shappeck, Ph.D. is assistant professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. He specializes in linking education applications of sociolinguistic research to the teaching of English and Spanish as a second or foreign language.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Aging, Immigration, and Second Language Learning in the Hispanic Population

    Arxer, Steven L. (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • A Case Study of an English Learner Speech Community

    Arxer, Steven L. (et al.)

    Pages 17-30

  • Minority Aging in an Immigrant Context

    Arxer, Steven L. (et al.)

    Pages 31-46

  • Late-Life Second Language Acquisition: Cognitive and Psycholinguistic Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities

    Arxer, Steven L. (et al.)

    Pages 47-67

  • Social Constructivism and the Role of Place for Immigrant Language Learners

    Arxer, Steven L. (et al.)

    Pages 69-86

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Hardcover $109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Aging in a Second Language
Book Subtitle
A Case Study of Aging, Immigration, and an English Learner Speech Community
Authors
Series Title
International Perspectives on Aging
Series Volume
17
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57609-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57609-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57608-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86206-4
Series ISSN
2197-5841
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 154
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