By Mila Schwartz, Anna Verschik
This ebook offers the vanguard of analysis within the rising box of relatives language coverage. this is often the 1st quantity to discover the hyperlink among kinfolk language coverage, perform and administration within the gentle of nation and group language coverage in additional than 20 ethno-linguistic groups world wide. Contributions by way of major students from 8 international locations and 3 continents provide insights in how family members language coverage should be interpreted from numerous theoretical views, utilizing cutting edge methodologies. particularly, the authors current novel information on winning family members language practices equivalent to faith-related literacy actions and homework periods, in addition to administration, together with prayer, number of bilingual schooling, and hyperlinks with mainstream and complementary studying, which enable the conclusion of language ideology inside 3 contexts: immigrant households, inter-marriage households, and minority and majority households in conflict-ridden societies.
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Thus, we can assume that the Arab parents in the study associated “development in Arabic as mother tongue” only with the formal learning of standard Arabic. It should be noted that this phenomenon of limited exposure to standard literary Arabic in kindergartens is very common and could be attributed to the fact that educators and teachers still believe that exposure of young Arabic speakers to literary Arabic in the preschool period is a burden and has no benefit (see Abu-Rabia 2000). At the same time, it is noteworthy that in the Arab parents’ interviews, they stressed that their children learned general concepts that children their age do not learn in monolingual kindergartens and that they were very capable of expressing their opinion in the second language.
5 1 Staff quality Child’s convenience Arab parents Language related motives Parents' convenience Jewish parents Fig. ” They all paid large amounts of money, when they could have sent their children to free preschool and kindergarten. ” Language-related motives. ” Although initially, the rest of the Arab parents had no language-based motivation, as time passed, they perceived bilingualism as significant. ” However, with time and experience, the language motive began to play an important role. ” Moreover, this Jewish couple was interested in massive input of Arabic during the kindergarten day and even suggested that the teachers should speak the other language to increase children’s’ motivation for L2 acquisition through providing a personal example.
Finally, most of the parents in both groups reported knowledge of other languages. 3 Parents’ Cultural Identity, Cross-Cultural Communication and Competence One of the main characteristics of the study participants was tolerance and multiculturalism. Most of them knew the language of the other ethnic out-group (Jews—Arabs, and Arabs—Jews) and had good friends from this group, as well as some knowledge of the culture and the desire to know this culture better (see Fig. 2). Both groups showed very high self-identification with their ethnic in-group: Arabs with Arab and Muslim culture; and Jews with Jewish and Israeli culture.
Successful Family Language Policy: Parents, Children and Educators in Interaction by Mila Schwartz, Anna Verschik