Chapter 11 Bonvillain Summary

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In Chapter 11 of Bonvillain’s book she talks about how Spanish is the most non-English language spoken in the U.S as well as the difficulties these people encounter in learning English (p.298-300). At El Centro I noticed a pattern in both classes I helped with; where the women were always more shy and learned at a much lower pace than the men. We can refer this back to Bonvillain’s claim, “Women are more likely than men to retain Spanish because of their relatively narrower social networks”(p.300). It was evident that they weren’t exposed as much as the men to American society. Although both men and women had an accent, the women’s were always stronger and they had a harder time pronouncing the vowel sounds correctly. One other thing I took

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