ERIC Number: ED468461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Family Matters: The Role of the Family in Immigrants' Destination Language Acquisition. Discussion Paper.
Chiswick, Barry R.; Lee, Yew Liang; Miller, Paul W.
This study investigated the dominant language skill development of spouses within migrating units in Australia. It analyzed the English proficiency of a sample of principal applicant (PA) immigrants (immigrants upon whom the approval to immigrate is based) and their spouses, referred to as migrating unit spouses (MUSs). The study assessed whether the observed factors that influenced dominant language acquisition, such as educational attainment and age at migration, would be the same for PAs and MUSs. It also examined the role that correlation among unobserved factors for both spouses played in the development of spouses' language skills. Data came from administrative records on visa categories and from wave one of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia. Data analysis indicated that family mattered in the acquisition of dominant language skills. There was a high degree of correlation in the English speaking skills of partners in migrating units among recent immigrants to Australia. Children had a negative effect on their mothers' language proficiency but no effect on their fathers' language proficiency. (Contains 28 references.) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (SM)
Descriptors: Children, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Second Language Learning, Spouses
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Research Council.
Authoring Institution: Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn (Germany).
Identifiers - Location: Australia