The Eagle and the Serpent: A Bi-literacy Autobiography

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University Press of America, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 75 pages
This work describes the author's experiences in both Spanish and English literacy development. It illustrates the bilingual/bicultural experience of acculturation and assimilation, a process of change, both culturally and linguistically. The Eagle and the Serpent does so in three levels: autobiographical narratives in bi-literacy acquisition, expository reflections from the viewpoint of a bilingual/bicultural Mexican-American adult, and finally an analysis of the process evident in the author's experience. Interspersed in the autobiographical elements, Palacios reflects on his spiritual journey of religious conversion, from Mexican Catholicism to American Evangelicalism. After discussing immigration, acculturation, and literacy, the story ends with an appended poem that reflects many immigrant children's lives of metamorphosis.
 

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Contents

The Imperfect Seven
1
Scholars Views
5
Childhood in Mexico
9
Just What is Literacy?
17
Immigration to the US
21
Acculturation in America
29
Metamorphosis
47
Current Literacies
53
The View From Here
59
Immigrant Children at Ellis Door
67
Works Consulted and Cited
73
About the Author
75
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About the author (2007)

Until he was ten years old, Dr. Ignacio Palacios grew up a native Spanish speaker in Monterrey, Mexico. However, his family's immigration to the United States in the late 1960's has made him an American, with English as his dominant language. He has his Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in Rhetoric and Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2001) and an MA in English as a Second Language from the University of Texas-Pan American (1988). Dr. Palacios currently teaches courses in TESOL, linguistics, literature and composition, and Spanish. In addition to their academic work, he and his wife Cynthia are both involved in Spanish church work.

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