ERIC Number: ED214363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Bilingual Education in Ontario: A Decade of Research.
Swain, Merrill; Lapkin, Sharon
This report constitutes a synthesis of 10 years of research which was conducted to assist Ontario boards of education in implementing and evaluating French immersion programs in their jurisdictions. The immersion programs evaluated include three major alternatives: (1) the early total French immersion programs of the Carleton, Ottawa, and Toronto Boards of Education; (2) the early partial French immersion program of the Elgin County Board of Education; and (3) the late partial French immersion program of the Peel County Board of Education. Reference is also made to evaluations of similar immersion programs evaluated by other researchers in Ontario and throughout Canada. The report includes a description of the programs and information on the characteristics of some other bilingual education programs found in Ontario. In addition, the following information is provided: (1) discussion of the specific research questions and the research design; (2) presentation of the evaluation findings concerning the linguistic effects; (3) presentation of the findings on the academic effects; and (4) discussion of some social and psychological dimensions of French immersion programs. A bibliography is included on immersion education in Canada and the United States. (Author/AMH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Immersion Programs, Program Evaluation, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Learning, Sociolinguistics
Ontario Government Bookstore, 880 Bay Street, Toronto M7A 1L2 or Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Publication Sales, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto M5S 1V6 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Bilingual Education Project.
Identifiers: Bilingual Programs; Ontario