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Tannenbaum, Michal; Cohen, Hagit – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2017
This paper studies one ultra-Orthodox group--Habad community, exploring its members' attitudes towards four languages: Hebrew, Loshen Koydesh (LK), English, and Yiddish, and focusing on usage, affection for the language, ascribed importance, and holiness. Research questions were: (1) What are the attitudes of Habad members towards these languages?…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Semitic Languages, Questionnaires, Semi Structured Interviews
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Bensoussan, Marsha – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2015
Israeli university students who have difficulty reading academic texts in English are required to take reading comprehension courses in English for academic purposes (EAP) in order to complete their BA degree. Whereas most students pass the courses, some repeatedly fail. Since Israel is a multilingual country, there is also a question about…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Multilingualism, Reading Comprehension
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Altman, Carmit; Burstein Feldman, Zhanna; Yitzhaki, Dafna; Armon Lotem, Sharon; Walters, Joel – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2014
The relationship between family language policy (FLP) and language choice, language use, proficiency in Russian and Hebrew, codeswitching (CS) and linguistic performance was studied in Russian-speaking immigrant parents and their Russian-Hebrew bilingual preschool children. By means of Glaser's Grounded Theory, the content of sociolinguistic…
Descriptors: Family Relationship, Language Usage, Russian, Semitic Languages
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Stavans, Anat – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2012
The present study analyses the Family Language Policy (FLP) in regards language literacy development of children in Ethiopian immigrant families. Bridging the gap between linguistic literacy at home and at school hinders a smooth societal integration and a normative literacy development. This study describes the home literacy patterns shaped by…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Syntax, Foreign Countries, Literacy
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Schwartz, Mila; Moin, Victor – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2012
Parents' assessment of children's development in the first and the second language is an essential part of their family language policy (FLP) and an important component of parent-child communication. This paper presents a pilot study focused on Russian-speaking immigrant parents' assessment of their children's language knowledge in Russian as a…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Language Planning, Preschool Education, Second Language Learning
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Rajuan, Maureen; Bekerman, Zvi – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
This study is based on data from teachers' research reports in the context of an in-service workshop for professional development for teachers of the bilingual-integrated Palestinian-Jewish Schools in Israel. We used conventional qualitative methods, looking for patterns and thematic issues of relevance, which were then coded to allow for further…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Jews, Workshops, Foreign Countries
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Golan-Cook, Pnina; Olshtain, Elite – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
A theoretical model featuring the relationship between identity and language orientations within the broader constellation of variables impacting immigration and acculturation processes was proposed within the framework of the current study and its applicability was tested with regards to 152 immigrant university students from the Former Soviet…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Official Languages, Foreign Countries, Immigration
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Dubiner, Deborah – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2010
For many decades now, applied linguistics studies have investigated the impact of second language acquisition on various aspects of the development of school children. Few studies, however, have focused on the simultaneous acquisition of two additional/second languages in the classroom. The present paper explores the impact of a spoken Arabic…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Second Language Learning, Multilingualism, Control Groups
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Stavans, Anat; Olshtain, Elite; Goldzweig, Gil – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2009
The present study describes factors affecting the home and school literacy patterns in the Ethiopian immigrant community in Israel. Parents were asked to complete a questionnaire evaluating their child's development, literacy, schooling, and language proficiency (L1 and L2). The results indicate that while non-Ethiopian and Ethiopian parents seek…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Social Life, Foreign Countries, Values
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Bensoussan, Marsha – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2009
Israeli students need to be multilingually literate to read academic texts, mainly in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian and English. In fact, little is known about students' reading habits despite a variety of university reading comprehension courses in different languages. The present study examines students' reading preferences and textual expectations,…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Reading Comprehension, Reading Habits, Student Attitudes
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Schwartz, Mila – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2008
The family unit and home domain have been and remain important in heritage language maintenance efforts. There are complex relationships between parental language attitudes, their application in everyday language management activities and the children's knowledge of home language vocabulary. The present large-scale study examined the family policy…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Language Planning, Jews, Language Attitudes
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Tannenbaum, Michal; Ofner, Hannah Esther – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2008
This paper article on a study focusing on Israel's Haredi (ultra-Orthodox Jews) community, exploring its members' perceptions of Hebrew, Yiddish and English in terms of the language's importance, usage, holiness and related emotions. Questionnaires were distributed to 180 participants from five prominent subgroups within the community. Analysis…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Semitic Languages, Jews, World Views
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Hauptman, Sara; Mansur, Fuaz; Tal, Rachel – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2008
Developing academic literacy skills in Classical Arabic (L1), Hebrew (L2) and English (FL) among 10th-grade Bedouin students in Southern Israel is of central importance, in light of the country's policies regarding trilingual education for this sector. This paper presents the findings of research which examined the impact of a teaching model where…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Reading Comprehension, Writing (Composition), Teaching Models
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Tannenbaum, Michal; Abugov, Netta; Ravid, Dorit – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2006
This paper reports on a study conducted with children belonging to a rarely studied minority group, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel, an extremely religious group that endorses patterns of voluntary segregation. The research population also demonstrates linguistic segregation, as they use only Yiddish for daily communication with…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, German, Religious Cultural Groups, Females
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Kheimets, Nina G.; Epstein, Alek D. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2005
This paper presents sociological analysis of the linguistic and cultural identity of two of Israel's most influential and high-ranked universities during their formative years, that were also the "de facto" formative years of the Israeli state-in-the-making (1924-1948). We argue that the influence of external universal factors on a…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Jews, Official Languages, Foreign Countries
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