Fluent Bilingualism and Educational Ambitions of Immigrant Youths
Ratna M. Magarati, University of Washington
Using the University of Washington Beyond High School survey data, I examine determinants of language proficiency and its consequences on a variety of social psychological and socioeconomic adaptation outcomes. In particular, I explore whether fluent bilingualism—proficiency in both minority home language and English—provides an adaptation advantage to the children of the post-1960 immigrants compared to their English monolingual or limited bilingual peers. The results indicate that family social background is a strong predictor of educational ambitions and attainment. Korean- and Vietnamese-speaking seniors report higher educational ambitions than Spanish-, Khmer- and Russian-speaking seniors. Fluent bilingual youths hold higher educational aspirations and expectations than their English monolingual peers when family social background, family structure and generational status are controlled.
Presented in Poster Session 5