'I sort of feel like I'm a part of France as well': Student perspectives of bilingual identity

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Abstract

For young bilingual students a feeling of connection to their background languages and cultures forms one important aspect of their developing identities. This paper addresses some of the findings from a larger study examining students' understandings of their identities as bilingual. The study involved students who are part of a bilingual program that operates in French and English within a government primary school in Sydney, Australia. This paper focuses on the experiences of two students in the study, who both expressed a feeling of connection and bilingual identity associated with both French and English - the languages of the bilingual program and languages that they both use at home. The paper provides a snapshot of two young female students who were interviewed about their languages and bilingualism - Genevieve and Elizabeth (pseudonyms).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-21
Number of pages9
JournalBabel
Volume46
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • bilingualism
  • identity
  • primary school

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