ERIC Number: ED345312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-4
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of TV Use by Chinese Immigrant Children: An Exploratory Study.
A study explored the use of television by immigrant children in terms of language learning, investigating whether immigrant children watch television for purposes of language learning and whether they learn language through TV viewing. Unstructured interviews were conducted with eight Chinese immigrant children and seven of their mothers. The children ranged in age from 5 to 10 years, included 3 boys and 5 girls, and their period of stay in the United States ranged from 7 months to 6 years and 4 months. Their command of English varied widely. Findings showed that the immigrant children liked to watch TV, mostly watched TV alone, and liked cartoons; that their mothers wanted their children to learn English through TV; and that the children believed that they learned English, to some extent, through TV viewing, while mothers strongly believed so. Findings suggest that these immigrant children do not watch television specifically for language learning, but that their mothers expect TV to strongly affect their children's language acquisition. (Fourteen references are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Media Exposure
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Sooner Communication Conference (Norman, OK, April 4, 1992).