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ERIC Number: ED364074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Could These Be Language Displaced People in Transit? Reflections on Language/Literacy Interviews with Ethiopians.
Avinor, Eleanor; Barkon, Elisheva
A study investigated cognitive, social, and psychological aspects of language and literacy among five young adult Ethiopian students who had emigrated to Israel. The subjects were four males and one female aged 18-25, enrolled in an Israeli university's pre-academic program. All had come to Israel a number of years previously, when their government was changing. Personal interviews with each student consisted of over 70 questions and sought personal opinions as well as factual information. Results indicate that the students were beginning to be aware of, and had deep feelings about, language loss and the inadequacy of their skills in any single language: English, Hebrew, Amharic, or Tigre. Language loss was experienced at home as well as in pursuit of higher education. Family communication was seen as deteriorating. It is noted that language maintenance materials and programs for Amharic and Tigre do not exist, and that little opportunity to express or explore these feelings of loss is available to this population. Further, it is suggested that this situation may represent a form of subtractive bilingualism, and that this population should be provided with better opportunities to develop higher-order cognitive skills for advanced education. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A