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By Mila Schwartz, Anna Verschik

This publication provides the vanguard of analysis within the rising box of relatives language coverage. this can be the 1st quantity to discover the hyperlink among family members language coverage, perform and administration within the gentle of nation and group language coverage in additional than 20 ethno-linguistic groups around the world. Contributions by means of prime students from 8 international locations and 3 continents supply insights in how family members language coverage will be interpreted from numerous theoretical views, utilizing cutting edge methodologies. particularly, the authors current novel information on winning relations language practices corresponding to faith-related literacy actions and homework periods, in addition to administration, together with prayer, selection of bilingual schooling, and hyperlinks with mainstream and complementary studying, which allow the belief of language ideology inside 3 contexts: immigrant households, inter-marriage households, and minority and majority households in conflict-ridden societies.

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Bearing in mind existing socio-cultural and demographic distinctions between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel, an unexpected finding was the great similarity between the both group of parents, who choice bilingual kindergarten for their children. Both the Jewish and Arab groups of participants were young, educated adults with middle socioeconomic status. Almost all of the parents had jobs and presented full (two-parent) families. One of the main characteristics of the study participants was tolerance and multiculturalism.

No bicultural approach exists that is separate from the socio-political context. Therefore, each context has its unique challenges. A potential problem facing the Center for Bilingual Education is determining cultural and identity issues that 28 M. Schwartz et al. should be dealt with at the school, and the exposure of both groups to historical interpretations of the conflict (Bekerman 2004). What exactly should the children be taught to raise their awareness, on the one hand, and to encourage a positive relationship and mutual understanding, on the other?

Schwartz et al. 675 and Hebrew, whereas Arabic is not used at all. Therefore, the Jewish parents’ low level of Arabic competence might be explained by lack of use and exposure. Finally, most of the parents in both groups reported knowledge of other languages. 3 Parents’ Cultural Identity, Cross-Cultural Communication and Competence One of the main characteristics of the study participants was tolerance and multiculturalism. Most of them knew the language of the other ethnic out-group (Jews—Arabs, and Arabs—Jews) and had good friends from this group, as well as some knowledge of the culture and the desire to know this culture better (see Fig.

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