ERIC Number: ED254074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Elementary French Core Program Evaluation: Final Report. Research Report 84-02.
Stennett, R. G.; Earl, L. M.
A study assessing the instructional effects of increasing core French instruction in grade 8 from 20 to 40 minutes daily looks at students' acquisition of language skills, attitudes, and cultural awareness. A random sample of two groups of 150 students was chosen and the groups were administered different tests. Subjects were chosen randomly from the same schools for four successive grade 8 cohorts, each year's group (from 1977-78 to 1982-83) having had increasing class time devoted to French instruction in grade 6 through grade 8. Data used included French language achievement and attitude tests and results of the grade 7 system-wide Canadian Test of Basic Skills. Only data on students exposed to the core French program were used for statistical tests. Results indicate that increasing the amount of instructional time produced significant improvements in most aspects of students' achievement in French. Students also generally showed increasingly positive attitudes toward French Canadians and learning French and have less anxiety about active participation in their French classes. Their knowledge of the French culture had not changed significantly. (MSE)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, French, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Intermediate Grades, Introductory Courses, Junior High Schools, Language Attitudes, Language Skills, Language Tests, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Scheduling, Second Language Instruction, Time Factors (Learning)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Board of Education (Ontario). Educational Research Services.
Identifiers: Ontario (London)
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