Online Questionnaire

Part A (General)

  • 1. What is (are) your first language(s)?
  • 2. What other languages do you speak?
  • 3. How long have you lived in Australia?
  • 4. What is your highest level of education? Secondary Education Diploma / Bachelor’s Degree / Master’s Degree / PhD
  • 5. How many children do you have? How old are they?
  • 6. What is your spouse’s (partner’s) first language?
  • 7. What other language(s) does s/he speak?

Part В (Practices)

  • 8. What other language(s) than Polish and English do your children speak?
  • 9. How long have your children been attending the Polish Saturday School?
  • 10. How often do you use English when speaking to your children? Never / Seldom / Often / Very often
  • 11. How often do your children speak Polish to you? Never / Seldom / Often / Very often

Describe the situations when your children speak Polish.

12. When your children speak English to you, what language do you use to respond?

Always Polish / Mostly Polish / Sometimes Polish and sometimes English / Mostly English / Always English

  • 13. What language does each family member speak when you are all together (e.g. during mealtime)?
  • 14. Do you sometimes switch from Polish to English and back when speaking to your children? Never / Seldom / Sometimes / Often / Very often
  • 15. What language(s) do you and your children use while doing homework? Explain why.
  • 16. What language(s) do you speak to your children in presence of other people? Explain why.
  • 17. Have you ever agreed with your spouse/ partner as to which language(s) each of you should speak to your children? Describe the agreement.

Part C (Beliefs)

  • 18. Why do you want your children to develop their competence in Polish? Explain.
  • 19. To what extent do you agree that it is natural for bilinguals to switch between the languages?

Strongly disagree / Somewhat disagree / Neither agree nor disagree / Somewhat agree / Strongly agree Justify your answer.

20. To what extent do you agree that speaking only Polish to your children will help them develop their competence in this language?

Strongly disagree / Somewhat disagree / Neither agree nor disagree / Somewhat agree / Strongly agree Justify your answer.

21. To what extent do you expect your children’s Polish to be as good as their English?

Strongly disagree / Somewhat disagree / Neither agree nor disagree / Somewhat agree / Strongly agree Justify your answer.

22. To what extent do you agree that real bilinguals speak both languages at the same level?

Strongly disagree / Somewhat disagree / Neither agree nor disagree / Somewhat agree / Strongly agree Justify your answer.

23. To what extent do you agree that your children enjoy speaking Polish? Strongly disagree / Somewhat disagree / Neither agree nor disagree / Somewhat agree / Strongly agree

Justify your answer.

24. To what extent are you satisfied with your children’s competence in Polish?

Justify your answer.

 
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