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Academic achievement and sense of belonging among non-native-speaking immigrant students: The role of linguistic distance

Borgonovi, F; Ferrara, A; (2020) Academic achievement and sense of belonging among non-native-speaking immigrant students: The role of linguistic distance. Learning and Individual Differences , 81 , Article 101911. 10.1016/j.lindif.2020.101911.

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Abstract

This paper examines the association between how distant the language spoken by non-native-speaking immigrant students is with respect to the language of instruction and their outcomes using data on 15-year-old students participating in the Programme for International Student Assessment (N = 21,618). Linguistic distance is associated with achievement in reading, mathematics and science but not with sense of belonging to the school community. The negative association between linguistic distance and academic achievement is stronger among students who arrived in their country of destination at or after the age of 12, those with a more advantaged socio-economic background and those who attend school in education systems that select students into different tracks at an early age.

Type: Article
Title: Academic achievement and sense of belonging among non-native-speaking immigrant students: The role of linguistic distance
DOI: 10.1016/j.lindif.2020.101911
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2020.101911
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Academic achievement, Sense of belonging, Non-native speaking immigrant students, Linguistic distance, L2 knowledge
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10106128
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