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ERIC Number: ED412579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 32
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Oral Proficiency and Literacy Skills in an Ancestral Language: Implications for Ethnic Identity.
Imbens-Bailey, Alison L.
A study examined the impact of ancestral language oral proficiency and literacy skills on ethnic identity for 66 Armenian-American boys and girls aged 8-15 years. Children were active in an Armenian community in America. Armenian language and literacy skills were assessed and ethnic affinity was measured by relative use of first person pronouns "I" or "we" in narratives about Armenian activities. Attitude was measured by proportion of positive and negative comments made in narratives and responses to open-ended questions about language and culture. Higher scores for Armenian oral proficiency were associated with affinity with the community and positive attitudes towards a bicultural upbringing, controlling for gender, parent ethnic identity, and level of Armenian schooling. Higher scores for Armenian literacy were also associated with these factors. Literacy significantly contributed to the prediction of ethnic affinity over and above that of oral proficiency alone, although there were no additional significant effects of literacy on attitude once controlling for oral proficiency. Among implications for children, parents, educators, and ethnic communities: being bilingual and biliterate members of society may contribute to the self-esteem, and ultimately to the schooling success of minority children. (Contains 36 references; 2 tables of data and a figure are appended.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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