Garza, Daryana

Freshman, Driehaus College of Business

Major: Finance

Minor: French

Honors Course: HON 110: Discover Chicago

Faculty: Dr. Carolina Barrera-Tobón, Department of Modern Languages

Abstract: Approximately 60 million Americans speak a language other than English, comprising roughly 20 percent of the U.S. population. As the U.S. is a country of immigrants and migrants, and thereby, a country of languages, it is imperative that we preserve our languages as best as we can, even more so now that the U.S. is becoming an increasingly monolingual country. With that being said, what will be addressed is how the notion of linguistic hegemony is prominent throughout the history of Hawaii past and present, its detrimental effects on both language cultivation and language acquisition, and how dual-immersion classrooms offer a viable solution to save endangered languages before it is too late.

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