Successful Family Language Policy

Parents, Children and Educators in Interaction

  • Mila Schwartz
  • Anna Verschik

Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Family Language Ideology, Practices and Management in Interaction with Mainstream Educational and Bilingual Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Mila Schwartz, Victor Moin, Manal Klayle
      Pages 23-51
    3. Victor Moin, Ekaterina Protassova, Valeria Lukkari, Mila Schwartz
      Pages 53-82
  3. Family Language Policy as a Joint Social Venture

  4. The Interaction Patterns Between Parents and Their Children in Their Shared Language and Literacy Practices

About this book


This book presents the forefront of research in the emerging field of family language policy. This is the first volume to explore the link between family language policy, practice and management in the light of state and community language policy in more than 20 ethno-linguistic communities worldwide. Contributions by leading scholars from eight countries and three continents offer insights in how family language policy might be interpreted from various theoretical perspectives, using innovative methodologies.


In particular, the authors present novel data on successful family language practices such as faith-related literacy activities and homework sessions, as well as management, including prayer, choice of bilingual education, and links with mainstream and complementary learning, which permit the realization of language ideology within three contexts: immigrant families, inter-marriage families, and minority and majority families in conflict-ridden societies.


Community Language Policy Family Language Policy Hierarchy of language esteem L2 learners Language socialisation and faith Multilingual development One-person one language policy in bilingual families Successful family language managment Young adults' perspectives on growing up bilingual

Editors and affiliations

  • Mila Schwartz
    • 1
  • Anna Verschik
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Research & Evaluation AuthorityOranim Academic College of EducationKiryat TivonIsrael
  2. 2.Institute of Estonian Language & Culture Tallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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