ERIC Number: EJ1044029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Albanian Parents and the Greek Educational Context: Who Is Willing to Fight for the Home Language?
Gkaintartzi, Anastasia; Chatzidaki, Aspasia; Tsokalidou, Roula
International Multilingual Research Journal, v8 n4 p291-308 2014
This article examines views of Albanian immigrant parents regarding home-language maintenance in Greece. It aims to reveal language ideologies in relation to broader ideologies about schooling and education. Following a qualitative interpretative approach, we conducted semi-structured individual and group interviews with 19 parents of bilingual students. Parents express a range of ideological stances from total resistance to the dominant school monolingual ideology to passive acceptance and could be grouped into three categories: (a) the "fighters," who make a conscious claim for home-language use and education; (b) the "probilingualism" parents, who partially consent to the dominant discourse of monolingualism in the Greek school; and (c) the "indifferent" parents, who appear not to be concerned about the future of the Albanian language. Data from interviews suggest that dominant school-language attitudes and practices play an important role in shaping the language views and practices of immigrant parents.
Descriptors: Immigrants, Native Language, Language Maintenance, Foreign Countries, Indo European Languages, Semi Structured Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Language of Instruction, Language Attitudes, Role, Bilingualism, Monolingualism, Discourse Analysis, Ethnography
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Albania; Greece