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ERIC Number: EJ1208002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2289-3156
Cultural Influence and Language Acquisition of a Syrian Immigrant Girl in Alabama
Vardanyan, Shushanik; Ernest, James M.; Perkins, Fran
International Journal of Early Childhood Education and Care, v7 p42-51 2018
Using ethnography and case study approaches from qualitative methodology, this study examined a Syrian immigrant child's language acquisition and culture adaptation in the United States. Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews with the teachers and the mother of the child, participant observations during home visits, and field notes during classroom observations. The child's culture and language learning were conceptualized through the lens of Bronfenbrenner's (1994) ecological model and Funds of Knowledge approach to education (Ferreiro & Teberosky, 1985). The article documented factors that facilitated and negatively impacted on her process of becoming bilingual and her cultural adaptation after moving to an English speaking country. Implications for fostering a better school and home relationship was discussed.
National Child Development Research Centre. Sultan Idris Education University, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama