Family Language Policy, Language Practice, Motivation, and Planning among Israeli Arab Students in Wingate Institute's Preparatory Program

Orly Kayam, Tijana Hirsch


Family language policy (FLP) and language use in different domains and relationships wasinvestigated in thirteen Israeli-Arab students enrolled in an institution of higher education inIsrael. Participants came from Arabic FLPs, communities, and schools. The study wascompleted through semi-structured interviews. Our research objectives were to investigate theFLP of the sample and a possible presence of differences in the ideologies concerning theirparent-led FLP and their future family's FLP, among other things. Our findings point to apossible change in ideologies toward the instrumentally oriented FLP which incorporatesHebrew language to a greater degree. Further investigations should focus on effects ofgenerational FLP change on identity and related psychological factors.

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