Exploring and Supporting Home Language Maintenance in Informal Playgroups: Working with Pacific Communities

National Heritage Language Resource Center with support from the UCLA International Institute.
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Heritage Language Journal, 2011, 8 (2), pp. 81 - 96
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Using data from observations, audio and video recordings, interviews with mothers and carers as well as interviews with play-group workers, literacy specialists and community workers, this paper will examine the challenges facing these families as their children prepare for schools in which their home language will be âsubmerged.ï½ï½Y The case study includes an evaluation of a bilingual program within informal playgroups aimed at strengthening home language use among children from the Maori and Tongan communities. The program was designed and implemented in collaboration with these communities as a part of research discussed in this paper. The evaluation will examine the benefits and limitations of such programs as well as foregrounding those strategies that engage and support families in their efforts to maintain their home language
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