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ERIC Number: EJ1112355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-7984
Parental Involvement in Foreign Language Learning: The Case of Hong Kong
Forey, Gail; Besser, Sharon; Sampson, Nicholas
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, v16 n3 p383-413 Sep 2016
It has long been established that parents play a key role in educational achievement. In this paper, we examine parental involvement in children's foreign language learning and the goal of finding ways to support families as they help their children to acquire a foreign language. The study investigated the ways in which Hong Kong families do and could support their children, aged 5-8, in English learning. The nature of existing parent involvement is described based on quantitative and qualitative data obtained via questionnaires and focus group discussions with a group of parents. In order to explore what parents could do to support their children with school-based requirements for English learning, a focus group of parents participated in a workshop that focused on the practice of reading aloud to their children in English. The results show that Hong Kong parents are involved in supporting their children's English literacy development in a variety of ways, yet they do not generally embrace culturally specific Western practices such as reading aloud; and furthermore, to adopt such practices might be problematic.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
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