Proficiency Without Support: “My Parents Never Spoke It to Me”

  • Marion Lois Huffines


In the United States, the issue of language proficiency is raised primarily in the classroom where native speakers of American English study foreign languages to achieve their personal and career aspirations and where recent immigrants learn English to facilitate their passage into American society. Assessment of proficiency in this context is necessary to mark progress toward fluency. Another albeit small group of American native English speakers also strive toward other language proficiency far removed from the American classroom.


Native Speaker Word Order Language Proficiency Minority Language Native English Speaker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marion Lois Huffines
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  1. 1.Bucknell UniversityLewisburgUSA

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