ERIC Number: EJ1046663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
"I Study Long, Long Time in My Language, so I Never Forget It": Reading and First Language Maintenance
Burn, J. A.; Crezee, I.; Hastwell, K.; Brugh, E.; Harison, R.
Intercultural Education, v25 n5 p377-390 2014
This article will examine first-language (L1) maintenance among adult learners attending English classes at a tertiary institution in New Zealand. The sample consisted of refugee background students enrolled in a Training Opportunities Program aimed at developing literacy and numeracy skills as well as preparation for civic involvement. The data emanated from a qualitative study which not only yielded information on students' reading habits in English but also in other languages, including their L1. Findings from the current study address L1 fluency in L2 settings, particularly as related to the availability of L1 reading material, home environment, and digital media.
Descriptors: Native Language, Language Maintenance, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Fluency, Reading Materials, Family Environment, Foreign Countries, Adult Students, Refugees, Literacy, Numeracy, Citizen Participation, Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand