Using English in the Netherlands

Improving social integration

What role does the use of English play in the integration of Papiamento speaking students from Aruba into mainstream Dutch society?

Aruban Papiamento speakers who experience academic and adjustment difficulties while studying in the Netherlands are likely to say that their secondary education did not prepare them adequately for studying in Dutch (Bijl de Vroe 2015).

Aruban students expect that the use of English in the Netherlands heightens this problem. Our research shows, however, that Arubans’ use of English can influence the process of integration in the Netherlands positively, leading to more meaningful contact with Dutch speakers, better social integration, and possibly enhanced study success.

By Jocelyn Ballantyne & Maud Bijl de Vroe

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