IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Immigrant peers and foreign language acquisition

26 January 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Students sit for exams at the desks in the classroom. Image: mnirat / Adobe Stock.

In this webinar, Colin Green will discuss spillovers of immigrant children on native students’ educational attainment.

This event is free.

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Francesca Foliano

There has been much focus on whether immigrant children generate negative spillovers on native students’ educational attainment. However, exposure to immigrant peers has the potential for a wider range of effects. 

Colin will examine effects on foreign language acquisition focusing on Norway, where all students are taught, and are assessed, in English from an early age. He will demonstrate that exposure to native English-speaking peers increase Norwegian students’ English language skills.

These effects are solely present for English language skills and provide evidence of positive spillovers from immigrant diversity in schools that is missing from the existing literature. These results have implications for the social effects of immigration and implications for how foreign languages are taught in schools.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in education and economics of education.

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About the Speaker

Colin Green

Professor of Economics at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

His research interests are broadly in public policy and applied microeconomics. This includes issues in a variety of areas including education, labour, health and transportation.