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Nic Fhlannchadha, Siobhán; Hickey, Tina M. – Language and Education, 2019
There can be significant diversity in the language experience of minority language children, and in the levels of proficiency reached. The declining numbers of children now exposed to Irish include those from homes where only/mainly Irish is spoken, those with only one Irish-speaking parent, and children from homes where one/both parent(s) speak…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Language Minorities, Irish, Language Usage
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MacRuairc, Gerry – Language and Education, 2011
The central role played by language in mediating school experience and the prestige accorded to standard language varieties within the field of education provide the broad rationale for this paper. This qualitative study, based on a friendship focus-group design, was conducted in two groups of 12-year-old children from contrasting "ideal…
Descriptors: Social Class, Language Variation, Educational Experience, Elementary School Students