Parents' Attitudes Toward First Language Acquisition for Their Children: A Case Study of Indian Immigrant

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Parents' Attitudes Toward First Language Acquisition for Their Children: A Case Study of Indian Immigrant

In this study we explore Indian immigrant parent's attitude towards L1 acquisition for their child and their efforts to help their child acquire the best language whether it is Malayalum as their heritage language or English . Some implications for a complex relationship between the parents in terms of chose L1 for their child are mentioned briefly. Data were collected from an Indian parent(father) who had a child at age of 9 at the time of study using an interview.
Two items designed to obtain information about parents' efforts to help their child maintain the L1 both at home and outside of the home were also included. The findings suggest that Indian immigrant parents are not very interested toward the majority language which is Arabic. Simply, they focus on an international language that is English or a heritage language which is Malayalum .
In the following pages, we will present results from an interesting study exploring Indian immigrant parent attitudes toward heritage language, international language ,and majority language . In addition, we investigate one parent attitudes toward their child's L1 acquisition, Its domains ,and child' future.

One immigrant parent who had a child at the age of 9 participated in this project. The age of participant was 46. He was born in Kirlla and immigrated to Saudi as adult in 2004. Mean length of residence in Jeddah was 9 years. The participant identified Malayalum as his native language. He also identified himself as a Muslim.

The interview was divided into four parts: the first part was about language proficiency...

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It is important to note that the findings reported here are may not be generalsable to all Indian family who migrated to Saudi Arabia since only one participant participated. However, this field needs to be investigated in more details in the next few years because we, as Saudis, need to now more about different minority groups who live in our country.
To conclude, the findings from this study suggest that, Indian parents in Jeddah are in struggle i.e. conflict due to who has the authority to choose the L1 on the behalf of the child. As appeared in the previous sections, the mother has more influence on the child's L1 whereas the father has a limited chance to do so. This is an interesting point, we could say now, in terms of L1 acquisition we have influenced by our mother's language , dialect, slang and accent more than our fathers.

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