Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Exclusion of mother tongue problematizes identity construction: Researcher calls for native language use in education

Date:
June 9, 2010
Source:
University of Leicester
Summary:
A researcher investigating the exclusion of the mother tongue in language education has raised concerns about its effects on students' self-perception.

A doctoral study from the University of Leicester investigating the exclusion of the mother tongue in language education has raised concerns about its effects on students' self-perception.

Exploring the role of Cypriot Dialect in secondary education on Cyprus, the researcher from the School of Education has identified a need for the inclusion of the dialect to aid students' learning. Currently, Standard Modern Greek is the only language of the education system. Preliminary results from the study will be showcased at the University of Leicester's Festival of Postgraduate Research on 24 June.

Doctoral student Elena Constantinou has come to these conclusions after undertaking classroom observations, group interviews with Greek language teachers and students and group task observations with students in southern Cyprus, where the majority of the population are Greek Cypriots and users of the Cypriot Dialect.

Elena comments:

"The current language policy ignores the fact that students' mother tongue is the dialect and suggests that teachers use Standard Modern Greek as the only means of teaching. Therefore Greek language is used for official purposes: in education, the mass media and politics; whereas Cypriot Dialect, their mother tongue, is used in everyday interactions. The majority of my participants perceive their mother tongue as something special, indicating who they are."

The findings suggest that exclusion of the mother tongue from the learning environment hinders students' identity construction, language learning and critical thinking development.

It is hoped that this research will increase understanding of the effects of the current language policy and prompt a review of the role of students' mother tongue in education on Cyprus.

"I am very enthusiastic to present my research at the festival and show to other people that the use or non-use of the mother tongue in education influences identity construction and the way students perceive themselves."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Leicester. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University of Leicester. "Exclusion of mother tongue problematizes identity construction: Researcher calls for native language use in education." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 June 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100609094701.htm>.
University of Leicester. (2010, June 9). Exclusion of mother tongue problematizes identity construction: Researcher calls for native language use in education. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100609094701.htm
University of Leicester. "Exclusion of mother tongue problematizes identity construction: Researcher calls for native language use in education." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100609094701.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

Share This



More Science & Society News

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism

Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism

AP (Apr. 18, 2014) Operators of recreational businesses on western reservoirs worry that ongoing drought concerns will keep boaters and other visitors from flocking to the popular summer attractions. (April 18) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy

Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy

AP (Apr. 17, 2014) After the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the industry fell under intense scrutiny. Now, small underground nuclear power plants are being considered as the possible future of the nuclear energy. (April 17) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Heartbleed Hack Leads To Arrest

Heartbleed Hack Leads To Arrest

Newsy (Apr. 17, 2014) A 19-year-old computer science student has been arrested in relation to a data breach of 900 social insurance numbers from Canada's revenue agency. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adult Skin Cells

Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adult Skin Cells

Newsy (Apr. 17, 2014) The breakthrough could mean a cure for some serious diseases and even the possibility of human cloning, but it's all still a way off. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins