ERIC Number: ED187090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Bilingual Tensions in Canada. Curriculum Series/41.
Laxer, Robert M., Ed.
As part of a project involving secondary school teachers in Canadian provinces, the role of language, particularly the use of French by French Canadians in education and in daily life, is considered. In a collection of readings, the contemporary debate over language and the status of official languages in various parts of Canada are reviewed and interpreted, and the relationship between language and cultural preservation and the part that language has played in the evolution of Quebec's distinctiveness and its nationalism are examined. The air traffic controllers' dispute over language in the summer of 1976, which brought the issue to a head and revealed the wide gap between the attitudes of English Canada and those of Quebec toward the role of the French language in that province, and in Canada as a whole, is considered. The federal government's Official Languages Act of 1969 and Quebec's response, Bills 22 and 101, are described, and the history of education in the French language in Manitoba and Ontario is discussed. The question of assimilation and the possibility of the eventual disappearance of the French language outside Quebec are also considered. (SW)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Bilingualism, Cultural Background, Culture Conflict, Educational History, Foreign Countries, French, Language Attitudes, Language Role, Official Languages, Social Influences
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6 ($6.00)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - General; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.