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Predictors of immigrants’ second-language proficiency: A Dutch study of immigrants with a low level of societal participation and second-language proficiency

van Niejenhuis, C., van der Werf, M. P. C. & Otten, S., 12-Oct-2015, In : International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 2015, 236, p. 75-100 25 p.

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van Niejenhuis, C., van der Werf, M. P. C., & Otten, S. (2015). Predictors of immigrants’ second-language proficiency: A Dutch study of immigrants with a low level of societal participation and second-language proficiency. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2015(236), 75-100. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2015-0022

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van Niejenhuis, Coby ; van der Werf, Margaretha P.C. ; Otten, Sabine. / Predictors of immigrants’ second-language proficiency : A Dutch study of immigrants with a low level of societal participation and second-language proficiency. In: International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 2015 ; Vol. 2015, No. 236. pp. 75-100.

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van Niejenhuis, C, van der Werf, MPC & Otten, S 2015, 'Predictors of immigrants’ second-language proficiency: A Dutch study of immigrants with a low level of societal participation and second-language proficiency', International Journal of the Sociology of Language, vol. 2015, no. 236, pp. 75-100. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2015-0022

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Predictors of immigrants’ second-language proficiency : A Dutch study of immigrants with a low level of societal participation and second-language proficiency. / van Niejenhuis, Coby; van der Werf, Margaretha P.C.; Otten, Sabine.

In: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Vol. 2015, No. 236, 12.10.2015, p. 75-100.

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van Niejenhuis C, van der Werf MPC, Otten S. Predictors of immigrants’ second-language proficiency: A Dutch study of immigrants with a low level of societal participation and second-language proficiency. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 2015 Oct 12;2015(236):75-100. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2015-0022


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