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ERIC Number: ED510274
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 101
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
The Comparison of American and Taiwanese Parents' Expectations of Their Children Learning a Second/Foreign Language
Kung, Chih-Chin
Online Submission, Master's Thesis, Indiana University, South Bend
The purpose of this study was to explore the comparison between American and Taiwanese parents' views on their young children learning a second/foreign language, the ideal language and learning age, and parents' perceptions regarding language. There were 24 U.S. and 44 Taiwanese participants who had at least one child studying in the day-care centers, with respondent rates of 31.6% and 95.7% respectively. It was found that most Americans would like their children to learn Spanish in preschool and kindergarten (ages 3-6) ideally. English was the ideal foreign language that Taiwanese expected their children to learn in preschool and kindergarten (ages 3-6) as well. There were correlations between those with an education above university level and yearly income above $20,000 who speak one (n=7) or two languages (n=7) in the U.S., who wanted their children to learn an additional language. Neither group worried that their children would have trouble learning other subjects due to learning a second language. All believed mastering a second language can help a person's career, and learning one more language can be beneficial to their children. There was, however, no corresponding correlation found among the Taiwanese group of identical income and education level who want their children to learn an additional language between those speaking two (n=13) or more languages (n=6). Six appendixes are included: (1) Parents' Comments; (2) The Levels of Education in the U.S. and Taiwan; (3) The Names of the Languages and their Degrees of Endangerment in Taiwan; (4) A Second Foreign Language; (5) Survey and Reminder; and (6) IRB Materials. (Contains 2 figures and 27 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan; United States