ERIC Number: ED192623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Contact and Communication: An Evaluation of Bilingual Student Exchange Programs. Informal Series/17.
Hanna, G.; And Others
This is the final report of an evaluation of exchange programs operating under the Canadian Bilingual Exchange Secretariat. Two types of exchange programs are evaluated: a summer program between groups of secondary students from selected schools in Quebec and Ontario, and a school-year program between groups of students from selected schools in the same provinces. Student characteristics and effects of programs on student attitudes are discussed. The overall effects of both programs were found to be positive. Important language gains were demonstrated by participants, both in terms of second-language ability and language-learning strategies. The sociocultural outcome comprised processes of gaining knowledge, establishing contact, and experiencing another culture. Recommendations include: (1) broadening the social and geographical area from which exchange participants are drawn, (2) arranging for the different needs of students in core programs and those in immersion or bilingual programs, (3) stressing participation in family and community life rather than acquisition of cultural knowledge, and (4) preparing standard resource modules. (JB)
Descriptors: Culture Contact, French, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Student Exchange Programs, Summative Evaluation, Summer Programs
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6 ($8.75)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of the Secretary of State, Ottawa (Ontario).; Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.