Semi-Structured Interviews with Children

Language Management

  • 1. Do you have to observe any language rules at home?
  • 2. What do you think about these rules?
  • 3. Does your mum/dad speak Polish to you at home?
  • 4. How do you feel about it?
  • 5. When you speak English to your parents, what do they say?
  • 6. When you have friends in who do not speak Polish, what languages do your parents speak to you? What languages do you use to answer?
  • 7. Do you sometimes switch from Polish to English when speaking to your parents?
  • 8. What do they think about it?
  • 9. Do you enjoy switching between the languages?

Language Attitudes

  • 10. Do you think speaking Polish is important? Why?
  • 11. Do you think speaking different languages at home and at school is right? Why?
  • 12. What are the advantages of speaking two languages?
  • 13. Why does your mum/dad want you to learn Polish?
  • 14. Why do you attend the Polish Saturday school?
  • 15. Do you speak English at the Polish school?
  • 16. Do you enjoy speaking Polish to your parents?
  • 17. What do they say when you speak English to them?
  • 18. What languages do you speak when you travel to Poland?
  • 19. How do you react when your parents ask you to speak Polish?
  • 20. Do you happen to refuse to speak Polish? Why?
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