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Kasun, G. Sue; Scott, Jessica; Kaneria, A. Jyoti; Delavan, M. Garrett – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
Colonial and decolonial tensions manifested in a unique, Mexican school for the deaf that used Mexican Sign Language for instruction. (De)colonial tensions were inherent in the school's work, from its non-Mexican, Foreign-origin school board to its child-of-deaf-adults principal's vision. We observed the presence of a colonial legacy, decolonial…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Deafness, Sign Language, Mexicans
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Usanova, Irina; Schnoor, Birger – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
This study investigated students' multilingual writing skills in three different languages: the majority language (German), heritage languages (Russian or Turkish), and a foreign language (English). The aim was to empirically explore the Focus on Multilingualism Approach, tracing different profiles of the multiliteracies that exist in multilingual…
Descriptors: Multiple Literacies, Multilingualism, Writing Skills, Foreign Countries
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Liang, Feng; Shin, Dong-Shin – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
Drawing on sociocultural theories of language and literacy practice and Curdt-Christiansen's theoretical framework of family language policy (FLP), this multiple case study investigates the perceptions, practices, and challenges regarding heritage language maintenance (HLM) of Chinese immigrant families in a mid-sized Midwestern American city. The…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Family Literacy, Bilingual Education, Chinese
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Yang, Shuling; Kiramba, Lydiah Kananu; Wessels, Stephanie – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
This is a qualitative case study that explores conversational interactions during book-reading practices in a Mandarin-speaking Chinese American family between the mother and her two young children. The study employs a sociocultural lens and the concept of translanguaging to describe the characteristics of interactional practices during book…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Bilingualism, Code Switching (Language), Language Usage
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Ryan, Ève – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
For bilingual children, home literacy experiences contribute to the development of both languages. In this study, survey data were gathered on the frequency of home literacy activities in two languages for forty-two early-elementary students in a French-English dual language immersion program. Using growth modeling, this study focuses on the…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Emergent Literacy, Young Children, Elementary School Students
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Shen, Chunxuan; Jiang, Wenying – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
This study investigates the links between the second-generation Chinese Australians' heritage language proficiency and perceptions of Chinese identity. Thirty 10--11-year-old children of Chinese immigrants took a Chinese proficiency test and participated in semi-structured interviews. The test revealed a wide range of performance levels in all the…
Descriptors: Native Language, Language Proficiency, Language Attitudes, Language Maintenance
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Fallas Escobar, Christian; Treviño, Alejandra – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
In this interview-based study, we examine two Latina bilingual teacher candidates' accounts of their experiences as Spanish-dominant, Mexican-national bilingual speakers in social and institutional spaces. We analyze their accounts of grappling with circulating language ideologies from a raciolinguistic perspective, using tenets of critical…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Bilingual Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes
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Ricklefs, Mariana Alvayero – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
This qualitative case study investigates the functions of language use and underlying raciolinguistic ideologies in interactions between Latinx emergent bilinguals who are Spanish native speakers and mainstream students in the fifth-grade English classroom in a public elementary school in the U.S. Midwest. Data included audio and video recorded…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Race, Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism
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Cole, Mikel W.; David, Samuel – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
The Report of the National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth was designed to be a definitive review of research on the literacy development of language-minoritized students. We adopt conceptual methods from rhizomatic mapping to replicate the report's literature searches and critically examine studies eliminated based on the…
Descriptors: Criticism, Literacy, Minority Group Students, Language Minorities
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Alvarez, Adriana; Butvilofsky, Sandra A. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
This study examined the biliterate writing abilities and development of 25 Spanish-English Latinx children over the course of their first-grade year. As part of their regular classroom instruction, each student created 16 writing compositions over the year, once a month, eight entries each in Spanish and English. Using embedded mixed methods and a…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Writing (Composition), Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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Frieson, Brittany L.; Scalise, Makenzi – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
Drawing on translanguaging and raciolinguistics frameworks in an ethnographic case study, this article contextualizes how young Black American children engage in rich literacy practices to validate their cultural and linguistic identities in an elementary, two-way immersion bilingual program. Findings demonstrated that despite teachers' perceived…
Descriptors: African American Children, African American Culture, Cultural Influences, Black Dialects
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Wagner, Christopher J. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
Reading identities are the ways that a person constructs the self as a reader across contexts and time. This study explores reading identities as a developmental process in multilingual children in prekindergarten and kindergarten. Participants were six children ages three to four participating in a Chinese-English family literacy program over a…
Descriptors: Identification (Psychology), Reading, Preschool Children, Kindergarten
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Freire, Juan A.; Alemán, Enrique, Jr. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
With most elementary dual language bilingual education (DLBE) programs being implemented as strands within schools, tensions related to inequities, unequal distribution of resources, and academic quality and demographic differences often arise. Based on a longitudinal ethnographic study and two interview phases with DLBE and mainstream teachers,…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Elementary School Students, Social Differences, Educational Resources
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McClain, Janna Brown; Mancilla-Martinez, Jeannette; Flores, Israel; Buckley, Laura – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
Emergent bilinguals (EB) from Spanish-speaking homes are an already large and rapidly growing population in the U.S., yet limited research examines their language environments, particularly in the English dominant contexts where most attend school. This explanatory sequential mixed-methods study first quantitatively examines adults' use of Spanish…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Code Switching (Language), English (Second Language), Preschool Education
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Grosso Richins, Liliana; Hansen-Thomas, Holly; Lozada, Victor; South, Suzan; Stewart, Mary Amanda – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
This phenomenological study follows an asset-based approach to understand how Latinx families utilize their cultural wealth in their children's education, and how teachers activate families' capitals to support their engagement. Data collected through focus groups reveal that the seven Latinx parents in the study use aspirational capital by…
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Cultural Capital, Hispanic American Students, Parent Influence
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