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Author Credentials

Marlene E. Schmidt, Ph.D.

Abstract

Third Culture Kids (TCKs) are defined as children who have spent a significant part of their developmental years living in, or interacting with two or more cultural environments. The levels, abilities, and use of the heritage language of TCKs returning to their host country from being immersed in a second language environment can cause difficulties. This case study explored the experiences of immersed TCKs using English upon reentry to the United States. The participants are adult TCKs, have English as their heritage language, and were immersed in a second language environment as a child. This research found the following four major themes described by the participants: experiencing difficulties in general, experiencing a lack of confidence, experiencing cycles, and experiencing shifting identities.