From what we have gathered through our interview with two members of El Salvadoran descent, Spanish is mainly spoken at home with family. During our interview with Flor, we saw that Flor was able to comprehend a good amount of the English language while conversing with us. However, she utilized her daughter, Catherine’s fluency in English at times when she did not understand our questions. This indicates that she is fluent in Spanish and able to comprehend some of the English language. From this observation, we deduced that she speaks Spanish at home. On the other hand, her daughter Catherine, a first generation El Salvadoran-American will most likely speak Spanish at home and English during school and outside of the home.

Our second interviewee, Luis spoke fluent Spanish and English; in fact, he conversed with us for a duration of a hour in English. Both languages were spoken at home and outside of home interchangeably. Similar to Flor’s daughter, Luis’s son is also a first generation El Salvadoran-American and his fluency in English indicates that he speaks the English language in school. This is what we have gathered from our interviewees’ responses with their usage of language.

From research that we have gathered, it appears that Spanish is the official language of El Salvador and spoken at home and during school. However, further research indicates that the primary language spoken in El Salvadoran schools is English. In the last quarter century, a group of private, nondenominational schools have become popular to the oligarchy and professional classes of San Salvador. These schools are expensive and are well-staffed with highly trained faculty members working towards a common goal to graduate primary school students with fluency in the English language. Results demonstrate that the education is effective and the common goal is within reach as students continue to speak English in the schoolyard and after classes.


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