SPAN 225 - Spanish and Spanish Speakers in the US, California and San Francisco (CD) (4)

Who speaks Spanish in the US? What kind of Spanish do they speak? What does it mean to be a Spanish-speaker in the US/California/San Francisco - to a Spanish speaker and to an English speaker? We will examine historical realities, language varieties, and the relationships between language and identity, language and culture. Using sociolinguistic methods, we will explore a variety of contemporary social and political issues associated with the presence of Spanish and Spanish-speakers in the U.S., in California, and in San Francisco, among them language legislation and bilingual education. Sources include published book and articles, web resources, and community contacts. Prerequisite: SPAN 206.