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ERIC Number: EJ968405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-1468-7984
Children's Language Ideologies in a First-Grade Dual-Language Class
Lopez, Minda Morren
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, v12 n2 p176-201 Jun 2012
This study explores the language ideologies of young children in a Spanish/English dual language programme in the USA. Recent studies of language ideologies in education have centred primarily on adults or older students, but this study focuses on young children from varied language backgrounds. By analysing discussions centred on children's literature, I report first-grade students' beliefs about language in their responses to themes in the literature and closely examine two students' discourse over time. These young participants often expressed competing ideologies as they responded to the various contexts they were in and the roles they were expected to play. While students were becoming proficient in two languages, they were also creating their identities and beginning to understand issues of language and society and formulating ideologies. I highlight the importance of acknowledging young students' ideologies and discussing issues of language, bilingualism and language use as schools become increasingly diverse. (Contains 4 tables, 3 figures, and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas