Research Handbook on the Sociology of Education
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Research Handbook on the Sociology of Education

Edited by Rolf Becker

Presenting original contributions from the key experts in the field, the Research Handbook on the Sociology of Education explores the major theoretical, methodological, empirical and political challenges and pressing social questions facing education in current times.
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Chapter 27: Language assimilation and the education of immigrant students

Cornelia Kristen


This chapter summarizes key findings on language assimilation and discusses the central implications for the education of immigrant students. It begins with a description of language shift, which covers the present state of knowledge on changes in language proficiency and use over time and across generations. The focus then turns to the conditions of language acquisition and language use. Both sections provide an overview of the central theoretical arguments, followed by a summary of the main empirical findings. The ramifications of destination language fluency and use for the education of immigrant students are then discussed.

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