Coby van Niejenhuis: "I speak, thus I belong? The role of second language proficiency in immigrants` integration in the host society"

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Coby van Niejenhuis: "I speak, thus I belong? The role of second language proficiency in immigrants` integration in the host society"

On October 9, 2017 Coby van Niejenhuis successfully defended the PhD thesis entitled "I speak, thus I belong? The role of second language proficiency in immigrants' integration in the host society" at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Promotor
Prof. Dr. Sabine Otten

Co-promotors
Prof. Dr. Andreas Flache
Prof. Dr. Greetje van der Werf


Summary

The overarching aim of this dissertation was to provide new insights regarding the question: How and to what extent is second language learning related to cultural integration and which factors facilitate or hinder this?
More specifically, we addressed three questions: Firstly, which factors facilitate or hinder immigrantsí second language proficiency? Secondly, to what extent does second language learning actually go together with an increasing cultural integration? And finally, are there other factors that are relevant in this relation between second language learning and cultural integration such as multicultural personality traits or interethnic friendships? By examining our questions among various groups of immigrants we aimed to provide insight into the extent to which findings from both earlier research and the current dissertation can be generalized to different groups of immigrants.


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