ERIC Number: ED233594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
French Speaking Skills of Grade 8 English Program Students. Research Report 82-08.
The speaking skills of grade 8 students in a core French program in Ottawa were compared with the skills of grade 6 students enrolled in the core program. A total of 337 grade 8 students were given a French speaking test. Two-hundred and nine students had taken the test in grade 6. In general, the grade 8 students seemed prepared to express basic ideas in French using simple, complete sentences. Although they spoke haltingly and made frequent errors, they were willing to try to use French. They had little difficulty in understanding instructions or questions given in French but appeared to lack sufficient experience to speak French easily. The students had a basic vocabulary to draw on for speaking which was much more limited than the vocabulary of words they recognized. The comparison of grade 6 and grade 8 results showed that many speaking skills had improved over the two intermediate grades, most notably in the area of grammatical awareness. It is suggested that students at the end of grade 8 are at a very critical stage in French language development. Students have developed quite good receptive skills and are in the early stages of expressing themselves in French. Continued or increased French language exposure should result in the acquisition of functional French. However, if language practice is not continued, many of the skills will probably be lost. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ottawa Board of Education (Ontario). Research Centre.
Identifiers: Ontario (Ottawa)