Lost and Found: The Connection Between Education Level and First Language Attrition


Language attrition is a complex phenomenon that can be explained as a loss of fluency in one’s mother tongue due to a variety of factors. So far, research on the process of language attrition has predominantly been conducted on internal and external emigrants. Nevertheless, native language attrition has also been observed in international schools where English is used as a medium of instruction. This paper discusses the role of education level in the development of the attrition of the mother tongue. For the purpose of the current investigation, the case study was conducted on ten secondary school students in Azerbaijan who switched from the national curriculum to international after completing primary school, thus receiving more quantity and quality second language input and being less academically exposed to their native language. The data for the case study was collected through one-on-one, semi-structured interviews with the subjects. The interviews were transcribed and subsequently coded via the MAXQDA software and manually to mark similar concepts with a code label to retrieve the data for further analysis. Each code was named to provide an indication of the relevant concept and/or idea, divided into sub-categories, and transferred into maps. The results demonstrate that the academic context as well as the interruption of formal education in the mother tongue in primary education contribute to the degradation of the first language performance and competence as well as affect motivation towards maintaining the first language proficiency.

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Rena Alasgarova, The Modern Educational Complex Named in Honour of Heydar Aliyev, Azerbaijan

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Conference: SEACE2024
Stream: Educational Research

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Alasgarova R. (2024) Lost and Found: The Connection Between Education Level and First Language Attrition ISSN: 2435-5240 The Southeast Asian Conference on Education 2024: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-5240.2024.16
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-5240.2024.16

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