Abstract

This article analyzes how we responded to socio-linguistic challenges in our research with Spanish-speaking adults in the U.S. and El Salvador. Our respective racial/ethnic identities, first language, and insider or outsider status created distinctive challenges and communicative strategies. We argue that cross-cultural researchers must recognize socio-linguistic variation within groups and develop communicative competence.

Keywords

communicative competente, cross-cultural research, international adult education, socio-linguistic analysis, Spanish

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Developing communicative competence: Methodological considerations for conducting qualitative research with Spanish-speaking adult learners

This article analyzes how we responded to socio-linguistic challenges in our research with Spanish-speaking adults in the U.S. and El Salvador. Our respective racial/ethnic identities, first language, and insider or outsider status created distinctive challenges and communicative strategies. We argue that cross-cultural researchers must recognize socio-linguistic variation within groups and develop communicative competence.