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ERIC Number: EJ958708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
"I Sort of Feel Like I'm a Part of France as Well": Student Perspectives of Bilingual Identity
Fielding, Ruth
Babel, v46 n1 p13-21 2011
For young bilingual students a feeling of connection to their background languages and cultures forms one important aspect of their developing identities. This paper addresses some of the findings from a larger study examining students' understandings of their identities as bilingual. The study involved students who are part of a bilingual program that operates in French and English within a government primary school in Sydney, Australia. This paper focuses on the experiences of two students in the study, who both expressed a feeling of connection and bilingual identity associated with both French and English--the languages of the bilingual program and languages that they both use at home. The paper provides a snapshot of two young female students who were interviewed about their languages and bilingualism--Genevieve and Elizabeth (pseudonyms). (Contains 2 figures.)
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia