Date of Award

2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Education (M.Ed.)

Department

College of Education

Abstract

Research shows that many immigrant parents in the United States struggle with heritage language maintenance as their children start school in the dominant society. Many studies also reveal that immigrant parents value heritage language maintenance highly and wish their children to maintain home language. Although heritage language research has increased in the recent years, there is still a dearth of research among immigrants who reside outside of large metropolitan cities in the United States. By taking the case study approach, the present study identifies Korean immigrant parents who reside in West Michigan towns and, through interview and observations, explores their attitudes toward their children’s heritage language maintenance. The study also investigates parents’ efforts in maintaining Korean and identifies difficulties associated with heritage language maintenance.

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