Supporting Home Languages in Informal settings: Chinese-speaking Mothers in Sydney

Common Ground Publishing
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International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, 2013, 19 (4), pp. 51 - 63
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Maintaining support for home languages is one of the most important issues for multilingual societies such as Australia, where almost one in four people live in homes where a language other than English is spoken. The loss of home languages represents a significant loss of a national economic resource, as well as a loss of connection and weakening of identity for children as they are growing up. The declining study of languages and language attrition among second and third generation migrants have are emerging as key issues for educators. This study focuses on Language maintenance in the early years. It presents the results of a qualitative study of early literacy practices of 15 Chinese speaking (Mandarin, Cantonese and Chinese Vietnamese bilingual), mothers and carers with pre-school aged children, living in in an inner-city area of Sydney.
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