ERIC Number: ED233597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The French Immersion Students in Europe: An Informal Report of the Experiences of Several Young Canadians. Research Report 80-08.
Student adaptation involved in moving from an elementary school in English Canada to a French school in Europe was investigated. Information was gathered from 35 students. About half had gone from an early French immersion program to a French language school in Europe. The others had either attended French schools in Quebec or schools using a language other than English or French. Generally, students from an early immersion program who entered a French school in Europe felt an initial period of language inadequacy. Students with less French background had the greater difficulty in gaining language skills. The key to social adaptation for younger students was making friends. Older students had firmer ties to Canada and less commitment to their new school lives. Canadian children felt themselves to be behind their French peers in many aspects of the academic program. After the initial adjustment period, students tended to make steady gains and reach a fairly high level of competency in French by the end of the year. It was concluded that factors such as age, previous language training, and personality influence the rate of adaptation to schooling in a foreign country. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ottawa Board of Education (Ontario). Research Centre.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Ontario Educational Research Council (November 1980).