Family language policy and bilingual parenting in monolingual Beijing: Latent profiles and associated predictors

Hui LI, Dandan WU, Sheila DEGOTARDI, Alice CHIK

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Abstract

This study explored the family language policy, parental beliefs, and bilingual parenting in Beijing, a typical monolingual society. Stratified random sampling was conducted to recruit 192 parents of Chinese preschoolers (ages 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, and 5.5 years). They were surveyed with the Home Language Environment and Practices (HLEP) developed for this study. The statistical results indicated that: (1) the majority of Beijing families (90.1%) did not have bilingual home environment or related family language policy, only 8.9% did so; (2) three latent classes of bilingual parenting emerged: ‘No Explicit Policy’ (lower parental education level, no extra-curriculum activities, no bilingual environment, no Chinese-English bilingual, and few books at home; 64.6%); ‘Monolingual Parenting’ (relatively higher parental education level, more extra-curriculum activities, the highest number of Chinese and English books at home, the longest time for Chinese storytelling, and an emphasis on Chinese literacy and language learning; 26.6%); and ‘Bilingual Parenting’ (the highest parental education level, Chinese-English bilingual parents, bilingual home environment, and relatively more Chinese and English books at home); and (3) parental education level, bilingual father, bilingual mother, and number of English books at home predicted the profile of bilingual parenting, whereas parental beliefs about early bilingualism did not. Copyright © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Early online date04 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 04 Apr 2022

Citation

Li, H., Wu, D., Degotardi, S., & Chik, A. (2022). Family language policy and bilingual parenting in monolingual Beijing: Latent profiles and associated predictors. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13670050.2022.2058867

Keywords

  • Family language policy
  • Bilingual parenting
  • Monolingual Beijing
  • Latent profile analysis
  • Associated predictors

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