Bilingual Turkish Children’s Language Preference and the Reasons: London Example
İki Dilli Türk Çocukların Dil Tercihleri ve Bu Tercihlerinin Sebepleri: Londra Örneği

Author : Bircan Eyüp -Esra Birsen GÜLER
Number of pages : 01-24

Abstract

The aim of this study is to determine the language preferences of bilingual Turkish children living in London, the reasons for these preferences and their views on bilingualism. The study is designed according to the survey model. The research group consists of 28 Turkish children living in London whose mother tongue is Turkish. 64.3% of the children are girls and 35.7% are boys. All of the children were born in London. In the study, "Personal Information Form" prepared by the researchers, "Language Preference Survey for Bilingual Turkish Children" and a semi-structured interview form consisting of 8 questions were used as data collection tools. Statistical processes and content analysis were used in the analysis of the data. As a result of the research, it was determined that most of the bilingual Turkish children living in London see English as their primary language in their lives. It has been concluded that school and social environment are more effective than family in children's language preferences. In addition, although children express themselves more comfortably in English, it has been determined that they have positive thoughts towards both languages. It was concluded that children think it is important to be bilingual and that this makes them privileged. In addition, it was determined that the children's environment generally has a positive perspective towards bilingualism. In the light of the results obtained in the study, suggestions were made regarding the education process of bilingual Turkish children.

Keywords

Bilingual Turkish children, mother tongue, language preferences, London.

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