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Tse, Shek-kam; Lam, Joseph Wai-ip; Loh, Elizabeth Ka-yee; Lam, Raymond Yu-hong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2007
This study examines how the language used at home, Putonghua or Cantonese, has influenced the Chinese reading attainment of 4335 primary school students in Hong Kong. Also examined was the influence of the birthplace and home background socioeconomic status (SES) of the reader. Although the indigenous Hong Kong population uses Cantonese, a dialect…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Elementary School Students, Oral Language, Foreign Countries
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Rajah-Carrim, Aaliya – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2005
Twelve languages--including the two prestigious colonial languages, English and French, a French-based creole and "ancestral" languages, such as Hindi and Mandarin--are spoken on the multiethnic island Mauritius. Given the multilingual and multiethnic nature of the nation, linguistic practices are an important way for Mauritians to…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Creoles, Multilingualism, Foreign Countries
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Gupta, Anthea Fraser; Yeok, Siew Pui – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1995
Discusses the major language shift in Singapore from the familial use of varieties of Chinese other than Mandarin towards the languages of education, English and Mandarin. An ethnographic study is presented of a Singaporean Chinese family that has moved from Cantonese to English, and the underlying pressures leading to this shift are examined. (19…
Descriptors: Cantonese, Code Switching (Language), Dialect Studies, English (Second Language)
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Gaudart, Hyacinth; Penaflorida, Andrea H. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1996
Describes findings based on a self-rating scale by 38 teaching English as a second language (TESL) student teachers at a Malaysian university, responses to a self-rating scale by 20 TESL teachers, and case studies of 20 bilingual student teachers. Penaflorida's response focuses on strategies for dealing with learners with limited linguistic and…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Case Studies, Code Switching (Language), College Students