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Teachers’ beliefs related to language choice in immigrant students’ homes

List of Authors: Alisaari Jenni, Sissonen Salla, Heikkola Leena Maria

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication year: 2021

Journal: Teaching and Teacher Education

Volume number: 103

eISSN: 1879-2480



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This study investigates how Finnish teachers regard immigrant families’ home language policies. Of the
teachers who responded, 53.3% believed it best for parents to speak their first languages at home, and
31.7% believed that both first language and language of instruction should be used at home. A minority of
the teachers believed that only Finnish should be spoken at home. The teachers’ justifications for their
beliefs reflected Ruiz’s (1984) orientations in language planning: language-as-right, language-as-resource, and language-as-problem, with most teachers oriented toward language-as-resource. Thus,
many teachers’ beliefs align with the current educational stance of supporting multilingualism.

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