Family language policy and bilingual parenting in multilingual Singapore: Latent profiles and its predictor

Luyao LIANG, Dandan WU, Hui LI

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Abstract

This study explored the family language policy, bilingual parenting profiles, and the predictors among Chinese parents in Singapore. Altogether 175 parents of Chinese-English bilingual preschoolers (aged 2;6–5;6) were sampled and surveyed. The research results indicated that: (1) a majority of the parents (93.7%) believed in early bilingualism but differed in their beliefs about the appropriate starting age for early bilingualism; (2) two latent profiles of bilingual parenting emerged: Radical Bilingual Parenting (n = 91, 52.00%, bilingual reading activities from Age 2, longer hours of bilingual parent–child conversation); Moderate Bilingual Parenting (84, 48.00%, bilingual reading activities after Age 3, shorter hours of bilingual parent–child conversation); and (3) child’s age, their preschool education experience, and parents’ belief about the appropriate age to start early bilingualism predicted the profile of bilingual parenting. Implications for language policymaking and early bilingual parenting are discussed. Copyright © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Early online date24 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Mar 2022

Citation

Liang, L., Wu, D., & Hui Li (2022). Family language policy and bilingual parenting in multilingual Singapore: Latent profiles and its predictor. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01434632.2022.2056190

Keywords

  • Family language policy
  • Bilingual parenting
  • Latent profiles
  • Multilingual Singapore

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