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A Study on Parents’ Beliefs Regarding the Meaning of Home Language Instruction (HUBE)

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Abstract

This report provides an overview of the first large-scale parental survey on home language instruction (HLI) in the federal state of Hamburg, Germany. The sample consists of 3,110 parents, who have children in secondary schools and who speak one of the ten most spoken languages in Hamburg. Parents were asked what they think about HLI in secondary school in general, how well they are informed about the different models of HLI, whether their children participate in HLI and what the reasons are for participation or nonparticipation. Moreover, data was collected on the parents’ beliefs on HLI and multilingualism. In summary, the results show that only few children participate in HLI even though 88 percent of the parents consider it important. The most important reason for nonparticipation is the unavailability of HLI in the respective schools. Based on the results, the study’s implications for educational policy and administration are discussed.

Keywords
heritage language, community language, home language instruction, multilingualism, parents, survey