Bringing Together Our Analyses
In this section you will be able to read about our individual analyses on how heritage languages better the classroom experience for multilingual students. Brandon discuses how offering classes to teach students their heritage languages will help them better connect to their culture. In addition, learning their heritage languages will allow their culture to last longer in America as well as strengthening one’s pride in their ancestral roots. Rajit believes that by incorporating heritage languages into classrooms, teachers will be able to spread cultural awareness while helping heal past racial inequalities. In doing so, teachers will also improve students’ self-esteem while combatting bullying and racism. Selwyn describes how the current education system in the United States refuses to acknowledge the benefits of incorporating multilingualism. He also explores Spanish as both a whole experience and an individual journey to show that the current system needs to be changed for the better of the students and teachers. We formulate our arguments by examining texts written by linguists, blogs by fellow students, and the interviews conducted by our group. We understand that there is further research to be done involving the role of heritage languages in the American school system as well as the rest of the world. We encourage you to build upon our research on heritage languages and the ways they can benefit our country.