A Case Study of an English Learner Speech Community

  • Steven L. ArxerEmail author
  • Maria del Puy Ciriza
  • Marco Shappeck
Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 17)


Chapter 2 introduces our Dallas area case study of Hispanic older adult English second language learners. Our 4-year case study data of an English second language literacy program reveals the relevance of place and safe language socialization in mediating the acculturation process. Our analysis draws upon focus group interviews and participant observations with a core sample of 40 Hispanic older adult ESL students. Participants were recruited through a face-to-face announcement in our ESL family literacy program located in a predominantly Hispanic community in Dallas, Texas. Our longitudinal data set allows us to explore a wide range of issues associated with the complex and transitional nature of older adult immigrant second language socialization. We utilize a qualitative, active interviewing approach that has the advantage of producing insights about meanings, contexts, and processes related to older adult immigrants’ unique experiences and their efforts toward language resocialization.


Case study ESL Learner community Family literacy Active interviewing Qualitative methods Identity work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven L. Arxer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria del Puy Ciriza
    • 2
  • Marco Shappeck
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and PsychologyUniversity of North Texas at DallasDallasUSA
  2. 2.Department of Spanish and Hispanic StudiesTexas Christian UniversityFort WorthUSA
  3. 3.Department of Teacher Education and AdministrationUniversity of North Texas at DallasDallasUSA

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