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Sociocultural integration and second language proficiency following migration

Hammer, K; (2017) Sociocultural integration and second language proficiency following migration. In: Beacco, J-C and Krumm, H-J and Little, D and Thalgott, P, (eds.) The Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants / L'intégration Linguistique Des Migrants Adultes: Some Lessons from Research / Les Enseignements de la Recherche. (pp. 91-96). De Gruyter: Berlin/Munich/Boston. Green open access

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Abstract: This presentation reports on an investigation into the links between proficiency level in the second language and degree of sociocultural integration in the host country following migration. Participants were 149 highly-educated young-adult sequential Polish-English bilinguals who had been resident in the UK for an average of eight years. Statistical analyses backed up with interview data show that the degree of acculturation and sociocultural integration are strongly linked to the ultimate proficiency level in the new language following migration. Résumé : L’article examine la corrélation possible entre le niveau de compétence dans la langue seconde (L2) et le niveau d’intégration socioculturelle des migrants dans le pays d’accueil. Une étude a été réalisée auprès de 149 jeunes adultes très qualifiés, tous bilingues polonais-anglais, qui résidaient au Royaume-Uni depuis huit ans en moyenne. Les analyses statistiques et les données recueillies en entretien montrent que le niveau d’acculturation et d’intégration socioculturelle est étroitement lié au niveau de compétence acquis dans la langue seconde après la migration.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Sociocultural integration and second language proficiency following migration
ISBN: 3110477475
ISBN-13: 9783110477474
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/9783110477498-012
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110477498-012
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 Kate Hammer, published by De Gruyter. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
Keywords: Language Arts & Disciplines
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 - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1564617
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