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ERIC Number: ED530652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Non-Native Speakers of English in the Classroom: What Are the Effects on Pupil Performance? CEE DP 137
Geay, Charlotte; McNally, Sandra; Telhaj, Shqiponja
Centre for the Economics of Education (NJ1)
In recent years there has been an increase in the number of children going to school in England who do not speak English as a first language. We investigate whether this has an impact on the educational outcomes of native English speakers at the end of primary school. We show that the negative correlation observed in the raw data is mainly an artifact of selection: non-native speakers are more likely to attend school with disadvantaged native speakers. We attempt to identify a causal impact of changes in the percentage of non-native speakers within the year group. In general, our results suggest zero effect and rule out negative effects. Appended are: (1) Basic regressions (estimated for schools actually attended--i.e. not taking account of mobility issues); and (2) The relationship between the percentage of non-native English speakers and age 7 teacher assessment. (Contains 3 figures, 15 tables and 21 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Nuffield Foundation (England)
Authoring Institution: London School of Economics & Political Science, Centre for the Economics of Education
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)