ERIC Number: ED246679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Study of French Second Language Programs: Student Attitudes, Achievement and Articulation between Elementary and Secondary Programs.
Durward, M. Lynne; Shapson, Stan M.
The study has two main components: a descriptive study of the secondary French program (SFSL) in a large school district in the Vancouver, British Columbia metropolitan area, and a followup study of grade nine students who had been surveyed initially when they were in grade six of the elementary French program (EFSL). The followup study examined the relationship between students' attitudes toward French and their achievement in French in elementary and secondary school, their retrospective views of the EFSL program, and retention in the French program when it becomes an option in secondary school. The main findings indicated that students' attitudes toward French in grade six were related to their subsequent attitudes in grade nine. It was found that students who dropped French after grade eight tended to have more negative attitudes from their first exposure to French in elementary school. A two-week review period at the beginning of grade eight was rated as the most effective method of facilitating ESFL-to-SFSL articulation, and analysis of the data suggested that students from a two-year EFSL program (grades six and seven) found the transition to secondary French easier than did those from a one-year EFSL program (grade seven). (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1984).