The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of parental imprinting on the development of literacy skills for bilingual learners and to emphasize the value of establishing a home literacy environment through social and cultural experiences. A total of 20 parents responded to an open-ended survey questionnaire about the relationship between the home environment and literacy skills development. A mixed methods design was utilized utilizing a parent survey questionnaire (quantitative) along with a parent interview (qualitative). For the purpose of this study, social and cultural experiences in the home comprises the following characteristics: family values, attitudes, beliefs, and traditions. The study was quantitatively and thematically analyzed and the following conclusion was reached: It is of the utmost importance for schools to have in place a strong parental support system in order to enhance the development of their bilingual learners' literary skills.
Home Environment and Language Practices