ERIC Number: EJ1033327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 53
Language Learning as Culture Keeping: Family Language Policies of Transnational Adoptive Parents
Shin, Sarah J.
International Multilingual Research Journal, v8 n3 p189-207 2014
This study investigates how parents of international adoptees explain their decision to pursue birth-language education for their children and how they go about achieving their goals. It focuses on the perspectives of 16 White U.S. parents who have at least one adopted school-aged child (ages 5 to 18) either currently or previously enrolled in a community language program. The interviews covered the language experiences of 22 children, all of whom were adopted before the age of 2 from either China or Korea. The parents were motivated to seek language instruction because: (a) the child looks Asian and will be expected to know the birth language, (b) adult adoptees recommend it, and (c) the child wants it. However, their language goals were significantly undermined by problems at community schools. The findings indicate that the adoptive family is a dynamic social unit, influenced by broader social forces and institutions.
Descriptors: Parents, Adoption, Whites, English (Second Language), Language Maintenance, Heritage Education, Children, Community Programs, Second Language Learning, Asian Culture, Interviews, Chinese, Korean, Asians
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