Monday, May 06, 2013

Study: Immigrants who live, work together less apt to learn English

I think this has always been the case, if we don't really need to know another language, we don't learn it. Especially since it is hard.    - - Donna Poisl

from Reflejos

( — Adult immigrants living and working in places where they are surrounded by others who share their ethnic backgrounds are less likely to learn or be proficient in the English language, say two Purdue University researchers.

In a study of Chinese and Mexican immigrants age 25 and older who came to the United States for reasons other than attending school, Purdue agricultural economists Brigitte Waldorf and Raymond Florax and three research collaborators found that residing and working in ethnic “enclaves” made it easier for immigrants to continue speaking their native language and put off - or avoid altogether - learning English.
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