ERIC Number: ED432910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Why I Still Speak Chinese at Home.
Li, Loretta Flanagan
A native English-speaker explores the reasons why she persists in speaking her husband's native language, Chinese, at an intermediate level at home, despite the fact that she lives in the United States. She looks, in a humorous way, at the errors she has made in learning Chinese, some cultural contexts for language choice, the importance of cultural transmission to children, the role of the native language for conveying parental authority and filial respect, choice of language as a statement of social power, and the role of languages in the development and maintenance of family relationships. The author then outlines some techniques for encouraging students of a second language to practice that language at home by setting their own, specific parameters for its use. (Contains 16 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (33rd, New York, NY, March 1999).