‘Having a Tongue and Mouth But Not Able to Speak’: Francophone Immigrant Parents’ Experiences of Child Language Brokering in South Africa
Keywords:Migration, South Africa, Francophone, immigrants, language brokering
This paper is an analysis of Francophone immigrant parents’ experiences of child language brokering in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Using a qualitative research design, data was collected by means of semi-structured interviews from nine immigrant parents who were selected through a convenience and snowball sampling technique. Through the lens of sociocultural theory and acculturation, the key findings indicate that the Francophone immigrant parents displayed positive feelings and had optimistic expectations concerning their children’s language brokering skills in English and their future prospects in South Africa. The paper concludes that Francophone immigrant parents’ experiences of child language brokering are complex and dynamic and are influenced by the context and purpose of communication.
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