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ERIC Number: EJ930354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
A Tale of Two Montreal Communities: Parents' Perspectives on Their Children's Language and Literacy Development in a Multilingual Context
Riches, Caroline; Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan
Canadian Modern Language Review, v66 n4 p525-555 Jun 2010
This comparative inquiry examines the multi-/bilingual nature and cultural diversity of two distinctly different linguistic and ethnic communities in Montreal--English speakers and Chinese speakers--with a focus on the multi/bilingual and multi/biliterate development of children from these two communities who attend French-language schools, by choice in one case and by law in the other. In both of these communities, children traditionally achieve academic success. The authors approach this investigation from the perspective of the parents' aspirations and expectations for, and their support of and involvement in, their children's education. These two communities share key similarities and differences that, when considered together, help to clarify a number of issues involving multi/biliteracy development, socio-economic and linguistic capital, minority/majority language status, mother-tongue support, home-school continuities, and linguistic identity. (Contains 4 notes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada