Semi-Structured Interviews with Polish-Speaking Parents

Language Practices

  • 1. Which languages does every family member speak to whom at home?
  • 2. Which languages does every family member speak in public space, e.g. in the street? Why?
  • 3. What are the situations when you speak English with your children? Why?
  • 4. What are the situations when your children speak Polish to you?
  • 5. Which languages do you use to respond when your children speak English to you?
  • 6. Do you sometimes switch from Polish to English when speaking to your children? Why?
  • 7. Do you sometimes switch from Polish to English when speaking with bilingual friends? Why?
  • 8. Do you accept it when your children use both languages in the same conversation?
  • 9. Is switching between the languages a positive or a negative practice?
  • 10. Do you think you should speak Polish exclusively to your child? Why?

Language Management and Ideologies

  • 11. Do you encourage your children to developing their Polish? How?
  • 12. Have you ever read Polish books to your children? Why?
  • 13. Do you insist on your children’s speaking Polish to you?
  • 14. What do you do if your children do not want to speak Polish to you?
  • 15. What are the problems you have faced regarding the transmission of Polish in your family?
  • 16. Why did you want your children to attend the Polish Saturday school?
  • 17. Does your spouse/ partner share your approach regarding bilingual upbringing?
  • 18. Do you think your children’s level of Polish is satisfactory?
  • 19. How important is it to you to transmit Polish to your children?
  • 20. How do your children feel about the Polish language and culture?

Email Interview Questions (Non-Polish Parents)

  • 1. Describe your competence in Polish: comprehension, speaking, etc.
  • 2. How often do you use Polish? Give examples.
  • 3. How did you contribute to the family’s plan to raise your children bilingually?
  • 4. How important is to you that your child can speak Polish? Why?
  • 5. How do your children feel about the parental approach to bilingualism?
  • 6. How does the parental approach to bilingualism affect your children’s relationship with you as a parent?
 
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