ERIC Number: ED177871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Perspectives on Offical Languages.
Alberta Modern Language Journal, v17 n3 p6-17 Spring 1979
While the Official Languages Act of Canada mandates the governmental use of English and French, it is up to regions, localities, and individuals to develop the attitudes and policies which will safeguard the rights of language minorities (including English speakers in francophone areas) and discourage the cultural isolation of language groups. A reconciliation must be effected between English speakers who resentfully view many anticipated applications of the Act (for example, bilingual package labels) as trivial, and French speakers who view the same applications as tokenism. Bilingualism and cross-cultural understanding, where they exist, have come about accidentally as a result of economic exigencies. Educational planning must now aim specifically at fostering multilingual, multicultural competence. (JB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Teachers Association, Edmonton. Modern Language Council.
Identifiers: Canada; Official Languages Act (Canada)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Modern Language Council (October 21, 1978)