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Wang, Xiaomei – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
The religious domain has been identified as an important domain for language maintenance (Fishman 1972; Gal 1979). However, the effect of religion in language maintenance is not always positive (Spolsky 2003). This paper attempts to explore whether religion, Catholicism for this study, plays a significant role in the maintenance of Hakka in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Maintenance, Role of Religion, Catholics
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Nakamura, Janice – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
This study examines the challenges of minority language transmission in exogamous families in a society where linguistic and cultural homogeneity still prevails. Specifically, it investigates the macro and micro ideological influences that lead multilingual migrant mothers in Japan to speak Japanese to their children. Interview data with six Thai…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Ideology, Influences, Multilingualism
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Frimberger, Katja – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
This article explores the author's embodied experience of linguistic incompetence in the context of an interview-based, short, promotional film production about people's personal connections to their spoken languages in Glasgow, Scotland/UK. The article highlights that people's right to their spoken languages during film interviews and the…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Films, Interviews, Nonverbal Communication
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Montanari, Simona; Simón-Cereijido, Gabriela; Hartel, Antonella – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
This study examines the writing skills of students in grades 1 to 5 of an Italian-English two-way immersion program. Narrative writing samples were collected in both languages and scored for content, organization, grammar, mechanics, vocabulary, text length, and overall total score. The results show that writing skills improved as a function of…
Descriptors: Italian, Second Language Learning, Grammar, Vocabulary Development
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Palmer, Deborah K.; Henderson, Kathryn I. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
This article explores the placement practices of students into different educational programs in PreK-first grade, including two bilingual education programs and an ESL "mainstream" classroom. We then examine the discourse practices of four third-grade teachers and the school principal. Our findings suggest that initial program placement…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Bilingual Education Programs, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Li, Jennifer; Steele, Jennifer; Slater, Robert; Bacon, Michael; Miller, Trey – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
Many educators and policy makers look to two-way dual language immersion as one of the most promising options to close achievement gaps for English learners. However, the programs' effectiveness depends on the quality of their implementation. This article reports on a large-scale study of the implementation of dual language immersion across a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Immersion Programs, Program Implementation, Language Usage
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Pontier, Ryan; Gort, Mileidis – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
This study examined how a pair of Spanish/English dual language bilingual education (DLBE) preschool teachers enacted their bilingualism while working cohesively and simultaneously toward common instructional goals. We drew on classroom video data, field notes, and other relevant artifacts collected weekly during shared readings of English- and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Code Switching (Language), Bilingual Education, English (Second Language)
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Liu, Na; Lin, Chih-Kai; Wiley, Terrence G. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
Since the 1980s, China has represented one of the major growth areas in the world for English language education, and studying English has been a priority among its foreign language educational policies. As English has gained more popularity in China, some have noted the potential value of English as a means to greater educational access and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Waterhouse, Monica; Arnott, Stephanie – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
Our purpose is to use a Deleuzian-informed conceptual and theoretical framework to disrupt predominant representations of "the" immigrant experience in Canadian official language education and to open up to the affective potential of "an" immigrant life to become otherwise. Employing a rhizoanalytic research approach that…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Official Languages, Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Baecher, Laura; Knoll, Marcia; Patti, Janet – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
Preparing school administrators to promote effective instruction of English language learners (ELLs) is an important dimension of today's educational leadership programs, requiring innovative program activities. This study explores school leadership candidates' use of an observation tool targeted to ELL instruction that incorporated guided video…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Leaders, Classroom Observation Techniques
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Banes, Leslie C.; Martínez, Danny C.; Athanases, Steven Z.; Wong, Joanna W. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
The pedagogical innovation of this study is self-reflexive inquiry into language, culture, and identity. This work was conducted in a course on Cultural Diversity and Education serving 76 culturally and linguistically diverse undergraduate students, many of whom planned to become teachers. Through analysis of a Personal Language Inventory and…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Undergraduate Students, Cultural Pluralism, Preservice Teachers
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Troyan, Francis John; Peercy, Megan Madigan – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
Although scholars working in core practices have put forth lesson rehearsals as central to novice teachers' learning and development, there is little work on how novice teachers experience rehearsals. This qualitative research investigated learning opportunities for novice teachers of language learners during rehearsals. The analysis examines two…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Oriyama, Kaya – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
Maintaining children's heritage language (HL) is a challenging task for linguistic minorities around the world. While many Japanese heritage children in Sydney attend weekend HL schools, they typically discontinue attendance before, or during, secondary school. To date, no longitudinal study has investigated what happens to their HL maintenance…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Language Maintenance, Japanese, Heritage Education
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Li, Guofang; Wen, Keying – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2015
Drawing on research about East Asian (mainly Chinese, Korean, and Japanese) heritage language (HL) teaching and learning in three contexts--the home, community heritage language schools, and programs in U.S. K-12 schools--this article discusses the challenges that East Asian subethnic groups face in improving HL education in each context.…
Descriptors: Asian American Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Native Language, Language Maintenance
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Valdés, Guadalupe – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2015
This paper focuses on the future of Spanish in the United States and on the tensions and challenges that surround what Fishman (1964) referred to as "intergenerational continuity..It examines the teaching of language itself and the role of such instruction in the development and maintenance of Spanish/English multicompetence (Cook, 1996),…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Spanish, Spanish Speaking, Hispanic Americans
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