We are also interested in parent’s views about the importance of their heritage language, and how this may impact how family members use their heritage language and English, in different situations at home.
The project includes a novel combination of research tools, including interviews, diaries and home audio recordings. These complementary approaches will provide a broad, comprehensive and rich snapshot of the home language environment. We began working on the project began in January 2021.
Since then, a pilot study has been completed and the first group of parents have taken part in an interview. As with many other research studies, we have faced several challenges in running the project as planned due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This has required us to make a number of changes to the design of the study, including switching to telephone interviews and using courier services in some cases to deliver research materials to families.
Despite these challenges, we are very pleased with the interest in the project shown by families. We are currently beginning to analyse some of the preliminary findings from the first phase of the project, from a small number of families. Preliminary analysis of a small number of semi-structured interviews suggests that: