ERIC Number: ED253109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
French Immersion Programmes in Manitoba: An Evaluation of Grades 6 and 9. Final Report.
Centre for Research and Consultation, Winnipeg (Manitoba).
The evaluation of Manitoba's French immersion programs for grades 6 and 9, undertaken as part of a policy formation process, compares students' achievement in English language skills and mathematics to the national norm and within immersion groups in those grades. Achievement in French and French language proficiency are also compared within immersion groups and in comparison to a sample of native French-speaking students. Different types of immersion programs--early, intermediate, and late, total and partial--offered in both immersion and dual-track settings are considered. Responses of the students, their parents, teachers, and principals to questionnaires about the Manitoba programs are discussed. It was found that performance of French immersion students was as good as or better than national norms in English and mathematics, and French immersion programs have no negative effect on achievement in those subjects. It was found that although French immersion groups obtained lower results in French language proficiency than students whose native language is French, the early total immersion program in an immersion setting produces the best results. Intermediate and late total immersion programs also yielded positive results. It is suggested that the program type and setting influence French language development, with students in an immersion setting and in a total immersion program obtaining higher scores than those in an English setting or in a partial immersion program. Parents generally expressed satisfaction with the program and setting, and teachers and principals expressed a belief that the immersion setting was more conducive to achieving the French immersion programs' objectives. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Characteristics, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, English, Foreign Countries, French, Grade 6, Grade 9, Immersion Programs, Language Proficiency, Mathematics, Program Evaluation, Research Projects, Second Language Instruction, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manitoba Dept. of Education, Winnipeg. Bureau of French Education.
Authoring Institution: Centre for Research and Consultation, Winnipeg (Manitoba).
Note: Product of the French Immersion Research Project. For a related document, see ED 219 950.