What do Children think of their own bilingualism? Exploring bilingual children’s attitudes and perceptions. Internal Journal of Bilingualism.

Tracey Peace-Hughes, Philomena De Lima, Bronwen Cohen, Lynn Jamieson, E.Kay, M Tisdall, Antonella Sorace

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Abstract


Aims and objectives: This paper explores children’s experiences and perceptions of their own bilingualism in two contexts in Scotland, UK: a primary school with a high proportion of children using a language other than English at home; and a primary school where the language of instruction is an indigenous, minority language, Gaelic.
Methodology: The paper draws upon data gathered from multiple qualitative methods, includingnterviews, group activities and discussion, with both children and their parents. The data in this paper draw upon a broader interdisciplinary project exploring children’s experiences of bilingualism. Ethics were duly considered.
Data and analysis: Data were gathered from 27 children and 11 parents. Data were coded andanalysed using thematic analysis. Comparison between contexts was of particular interest for thisarticle
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1183–1199
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Bilingualism
  • Childhood bilingualism
  • Children’s experiences
  • Minority languages
  • Qualitative methods

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