Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Teaching English as a Second Language

First Advisor

Dr. Yong Lang

Second Advisor

Dr. Deborah Cole

Third Advisor

Dr. I. Moriah McCracken


This study focuses on the voices expressed by Hispanic students enrolled in first-year composition classes at a Hispanic Serving Institution in South Texas. The present research highlights similarities with a study conducted in Tucson, Arizona among Hispanic households. Both studies emphasize the importance of women as active agents in the transmission of literacy practices and language ideologies, which also reflect the dilemma of families caught between tradition and modernity. Moreover, this study reveals that Hispanics tend to look for new frameworks for their lives in evangelical Christianity. This work also focuses on students' dissonances regarding the use of oral code-switching in South Texas, where Tex-Mex is spoken. Furthermore, the researcher investigates the use of code-switching in English composition and highlights its use as a rhetorical device.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American