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dc.contributor.authorMcCarthy, Geraldine Anne
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-03T02:44:51Z
dc.date.available2015-09-03T02:44:51Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10179/7004
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates twelve Bhutanese second language students’ perceptions of their learning. The research locale is a Year 7-13 New Zealand school. Qualitative grounded theory research methods are used. Methodology consists of semi-structured interviews and focus groups with students, their parents’ and teachers’. Questions sought details of the students’ aspirations and expectations, barriers and facilitating experiences affecting their learning, with parents and teachers perceptions of the same. Relevant findings reveal that the students have a very strong first-culture family and community web of support, to supports their personal investment in the maintenance of a multicultural identity, and upholds their involvement in L2 education. Student L2 learning progress is marked with time challenges, cognitive and articulation issues, decisionmaking about friendship, and concerns to establish a sense of legitimacy within the school population. Though supportive and affirming of their children’s learning, parents’ efficacy with student education is limited by second-language literacy and inexperience with New Zealand educational systems and practices. The study also shows wide differences of perception between English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) staff and mainstream staff about second-language background and learning needs. Mainstream staff show a lack of opportunity, and sometimes will, to engage in professional development about Bhutanese second language needs, in spite of some personal appreciation for the participants. Government funding is provided to support secondlanguage learning, professional development, guidelines and research in schools, but there are no effective structures to monitor their use. The study concludes with implications for participants, their families, ESOL and mainstream staff, for further diversity in the New Zealand educational system.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMassey Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe Authoren_US
dc.subjectBhutanese students, New Zealanden_US
dc.subjectEnglish language learningen_US
dc.subjectSecond language learningen_US
dc.subjectSecondary schools, New Zealanden_US
dc.subjectEnglish for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)en_US
dc.titleLiving and learning in New Zealand : perceptions of Bhutanese students, parents and teachers of their learning progress : a thesis submitted for the degree of Master of Arts in Second Language Teaching at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealanden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSecond Language Teachingen_US
thesis.degree.grantorMassey Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (M.A.)en_US


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