Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number3 September 2021 Pp. 111-128
Family’s Role in Achieving Language Affiliation among Children: A Comparative Study
Applied to Some Families
Aljohara Fahad Al Saud
Department of Early Education, Faculty of Education
King Saud University
Received: 5/27/2021 Accepted: 8/22/2021 Published: 9/24/2021
Identifying language affiliation among children for family immigrants is crucial for one’s language identity. This study aimed to determine the role played by Arab families in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Austria, and Britain to attain language affiliation among their children. It also aims to identify the challenges facing families living in these countries in achieving language affiliation among their children. The study population consisted of all the families that live in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in addition to all the Arab families that live in Austria and Britain and the study sample included (120) parents. The researcher adopted the descriptive-analytical approach and used the questionnaire as the study tool. The study reached several results; first, the role played by families in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Austria, and United Kingdom to attain language affiliation among their children got a high degree of response. Second, the challenges facing activating the family’s role in attaining language affiliation of their children in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Austria have got a high degree of response, while in Britain, they obtained a very high degree of response. The study recommended involving all family members in accessing different and creative ways of practicing their native language and activating the role of social media in developing the language affiliation of children.
Keywords: challenges, children, family role, language affiliation, language identity
Cite as: Al Saud, A. F. (2021). Family’s Role in Achieving Language Affiliation among Children: A Comparative Study Applied to Some Families.
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