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Linguistic capital and university achievement

RedOrbit.com has posted a recent article by J. Paul Grayson titled Linguistic Capital and Academic Achievement of Canadian- and Foreign- Born University Students. The abstract:

In Canada, many universities are taking steps to recruit and meet the needs of immigrants and/or their sons and daughters, many of whom have English as a second language (ESL). There is, however, no research in Canada comparing potential increases in the linguistic capital of ESL and other students over the course of their university careers and the connection between increases in linguistic capital and academic achievement. In this study, it is shown that in contrast to Canadian- and foreign-born students for whom English is a first language, and Canadian-born ESL students, the linguistic capital of foreign-born ESL students increases over 4 years of university study; however, this increase in linguistic capital is not paralleled by an increase in academic achievement.

To review the article in its entirety click here.

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