Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number3   September 2021                                         Pp. 111-128
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no3.8

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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
Email: aalsaud@ksu.edu.sa

   Received:  5/27/2021                       Accepted: 8/22/2021               Published:  9/24/2021

Abstract:
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.
Arab World English Journal, 12 (3) 111-128.

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no3.8

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Received: 5/27/2021
Accepted: 8/22/2021 
Published: 9/24/2021
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol12no3.8 
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Dr. Aljohara Fahad Al Saud is an assistant professor of Early Childhood, Department of Early Childhood, College of Education, King Saud University. She has published several papers in national and international journals. She is a member of many international Educational associations. Her research interest includes early childhood, language identity, language affiliation. Her orcid account is https://orcid.org/ 0000-0002-8806-0694