Dual Language: Parent Motivation and Support

This research examined the factors that motivate parents to enroll their children in a dual language setting and the support systems they seek in an effort to assist their children in this learning environment. The study was conducted through a survey of parents whose children are enrolled in one of three dual language programs in Ventura County. The surveys revealed the desire of parents to provide their children with an opportunity to become bilingual and to have a better future. The survey results also specified the systems of support parents seek out from the school sites. Among the most highly requested support systems were language classes and parent meetings explaining the components of dual language programs and the stages of language acquisition.