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ERIC Number: EJ898613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
Striving for Voice: Language Acquisition and Canadian Immigrant Women
Kilbride, Kenise Murphy; Ali, Mehrunnisa Ahmad
Current Issues in Language Planning, v11 n2 p173-189 May 2010
Under headings such as finances, child care, cultural challenges, location, racism, teachers, and accents, 30 immigrant women speaking either Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, or Urdu told their stories of arriving in Canada without English, and the obstacles they faced in trying to acquire English. While differing in their goals for learning English, they had a unanimous desire to become fluent in English. The women, who were interviewed in their first language, discussed the impact of a lack of English on their lives, including their health, family responsibilities, education, and ability to integrate into their new country. They were very specific in identifying what could help them overcome the obstacles they faced, and in their recommendations for policy-makers and service providers. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada