ERIC Number: ED207332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Difficultes d'apprentissage de la langue seconde chez l'immigrant adulte en situation scolaire: Une etude dans le contexte quebecois (Adult Immigrants' Problems in Learning a Second Language in an Academic Setting: A Study in the Context of Quebec Culture and Practice). Publication B-101.
A study was carried out of the 15 to 20% of immigrants enrolled in French second language classes in the "Centres d'Orientation et de Formation des Immigrants" (COFI) in Quebec, who learn little or no French after 8 weeks of an intensive course and repetitions of the course. This report presents the data gathered in the course of the 18-month project. The six chapters deal with the following material: (1) the influence of linguistic theory and research in psycholinguistics on language learning and the fact that this reorientation has cast serious doubts on structuralist and behaviorist methods; (2) a survey of instructors; (3) case studies; (4) a survey of students and analysis of the results, which led to the conclusion that pedagogical activities in certain classes were not a help to the students and were often a hindrance; (5) proposed solutions consisting of the introduction of practical content related to social and professional integration into Quebec culture instead of instruction in grammar and exercises in structure; and (6) an analysis of the interlanguage characteristics of subjects on various aptitude levels. The appendices contain the questionnaires and tests used in the project. (AMH)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Audiolingual Methods, Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Research, Failure, French, Immigrants, Intensive Language Courses, Interlanguage, Language Research, Languages for Special Purposes, Learning Problems, Low Achievement, Postsecondary Education, Second Language Learning, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.