Dominican Dream, American Reality

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J. Santana, Aug 16, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 108 pages
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In Dominican Dream, American Reality, Jocelyn Santana narrates her cultural and linguistic journey from a Dominican immigrant English learner to a Dominican American English professor. She highlights the role of writing in her language learning. In 1980, Jocelyn joins her mother in New York City full of dreams and no English. By 1999, she has a earned a Ph.D. in English Education and has become part of the American middle-class. She recounts the gains and loses of her Americanization and her obsession to master English "to make it." It is an inspiring story that shows the strength of a Dominican adolescent and her realization of the American Dream with English and in English.

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From Jocelyn to Jocelyn
A Childhood enespanol
Adolescence in a Second Language

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About the author (2006)

Jocelyn Santana emigrated from the Dominican Republic to New York at the age of fourteen. She holds a Ph.D. in English Education from New York University. She has served as a teacher of ESL, Spanish, and English, as a Staff/Curriculum Developer, and as an Assistant Principal. She is currently the Curriculum &Instructional Specialist for English Language Learners in the Alternative Schools & Programs in New York City. She writes on language and identity issues among immigrants. Caribbean Connections: the Dominican Republic (Teaching for Change, 2005) is the title of her latest publication.

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