Heritage Language Survey Report

Sec. 7/10: Current HL Exposure

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25. Do you access the internet in your HL?

The graph above illustrates that only 258 (16%) report that they frequently access the internet in their HL. Another 667 (40%) rarely do so, while the largest group, 717 (44%) never do.

26. If you read your HL, how many minutes a week do you spend reading in that language outside of school?

The number of students who read in their HL outside of class declines steadily as the time frame rises. 342 (30%) students responded that they never read in their HL. 269 (24%) read less than fifteen minutes a week, 190 (17%) read 15-30 minutes a week, 137 (12%) read about an hour a week, 85 (7%) read 1-2 hours a week, and 86 (8%) read more than two hours a week. Most of the 14 (1%) “Other” responses were elaborations on “more than two hours a week.”

27. How many minutes a week do you spend reading non-school related materials in English (e.g. the newspaper, a novel, etc.)?

The graph of students’ reading habits in English presents a picture opposite to their reading habits in HL. That is, the number of students who report reading in English outside of class increases with each increasing amount of time. Only 60 (4%) responded that they never read in English outside of class. 132 (8%) read less than 15 minutes a week, 192 (12%) read 15-30 minutes a week, 287 (17%) read about an hour a week, 306 (19%) read from 1-2 hours a week, and 650 (40%) read more than two hours a week. Again, the 20 “Other” responses (1%) mostly reported reading more than two hours a week.

28. What do you read in your HL outside of class assignments? (Check as many as apply.)

When HLLs do read in their HL, they seem to prefer magazines (440, or 27%) and newspapers (464, or 28%) to books (358, or 22%). In the “Other” category respondents mostly mentioned internet articles, websites, and chats, with several mentions of restaurant menus.

29. In the past six months, which of the following activities have you done in your HL OUTSIDE of class? (Check as many as apply.)

During the past six months most of the respondents reported talking on the phone (1,333, or 83%), followed by listening to music (1,312, or 82%), watching television (1,210, or 75%), and watching a movie (1,099, or 69%).