Factors that inhibit the acquisition of English by Hispanic adults
This paper presents and discusses a case study that investigated factors that have impeded English acquisition in twelve Mexican adults. In interviews, participants shared their experiences in trying to learn English and described how they have been able to survive in Anglo communities without knowing much English. Participant observation provided a view of their interactions and of the extent to which they use English in their daily lives. Participants also drew up a free list of factors which would help them learn English. Based on this data, conclusions are drawn about the factors that have prevented these Spanish-speaking adults from learning English.