L1 literacy amongst generation 1b: a study of an Australian Afrikaans speaking community

van Rensburg, Henriette and Hatoss, Aniko and Starks, Donna (2008) L1 literacy amongst generation 1b: a study of an Australian Afrikaans speaking community. New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics, 14 (2). pp. 83-92. ISSN 1173-5562

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Abstract

Numerous studies have reported on the loss of LI literacy skills amongst second and third generation immigrants but few have investigated the maintenance of LI literacy skills amongst Generation lb, individuals who were born overseas but moved to their new community in the early years of life. This study considers the literacy skills of Generation lb South African immigrants to Australia, attitudes towards their LI literacy maintenance, and language use in electronic media. Four findings emerge from the study: there is a general decline in LI proficiency amongst Generation lb; this decline is most noticeable in the areas of LI literacy, family attitudes have relatively little importance in the decline in proficiency levels and LI literacy is related to language use in electronic media. The findings also point to attitudinal differences towards LI literacy by mothers and fathers and suggest electronic communication as a useful means of promoting literacy amongst Generation lb.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with permission of the Editor.
Depositing User: Dr Henriette Janse van Rensburg
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2010 04:46
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 03:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: LI literacy; immigrants; South African; literacy maintenance; generation lb; language use; electronic media; electronic communication
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160103 Linguistic Anthropology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5976

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