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Abstract of Project 2:
“No nos dejaremos: Writing in Spanish as an Act of Resistance” by Daniel Villa adds a new perspective to the idea of multilingualism in respect to the “combatting” forces of English and Spanish in academic writing. As broad theme to his essay, Villa believes “this to be the case in our profession as we will encounter more and more students who bring a bilingual background with them to the classroom, and that bilinguality demands attention that research and theory only in English or in Spanish cannot address”(85). In short, the rise of bilingualism in America when talking about English and Spanish cannot be addressed only by one language over the other, rather incorporating both. According to Villa, educators who encounter bilingual students (English and Spanish) should not ignore the heritage of their students and should embrace it; he goes into detail with this by offering a broad image of the huge impact of Spanish on traditional “standard” writing (labeling, rising population, monolingualism vs multilingualism) and telling a story from the backgrounds and experiences with Spanish from former students of his, Luz and Jesús. He continues his argument by introduction an idea that heritage language has an incredible power to literally change the world and to name it. “Human beings are not built in silence, but in word, in work, in action-reflection” (Villa, 94). As a final point, Villa urges others to view the impact that Spanish, or just the heritage students have in general, has on styles and “literacy” and how it preserves the culture of these students to help slow the trend of the “lost generations”.
 Also in the Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire, Page 69 (English translation)
Villa, Daniel. "No Nos Dejaremos: Writing in Spanish as an Act of Resistance."Latino/a Discourses: On Language, Identity & Literacy Education. Ed. Michelle Kells, Valerie Balester, and Victor Villanueva. Portsmouth: Boynton/Cook, 2004. 85-95. Print.