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Perspectives

Publication Date

5-1-2012

Abstract

Very little research is available regarding the effects that multilingualism has on academic success. This specific study looks at 305 students at a large public university in the northeast who were surveyed about their grade point average and the number of languages that they are fluent in. After administering a survey to various preselected classrooms, data was entered and collated using STATA. The data shows that within our findings, there is no significant relationship between multilingualism and grade point average. Only 12% of our respondents were multilingual. 71% of multilingual students had a grade point average between 2.67 and 3.66, and 28% of students who spoke one language had a grade point average between 3.76 and 4.0. With further research, this study could have important implications for understanding multilingual student populations.

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