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ERIC Number: ED208689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Second-Language Acquisition: An Investigation of a Bicultural Excursion Experience.
Desrochers, Alain; Gardner, Robert C.
The purpose of this study was to examine some correlates and consequences of a four-day trip to a French-speaking community by grade eight English Canadian students. The major findings are that: (1) parents of the participants in comparison with those of the non-participants express more favorable attitudes toward their children having contact with French-Canadians, and toward learning French, and are less well-educated; (2) no relationship was found between the parents' language-related attitudes and their children's attitudes/motivation to learn French and their French proficiency; and (3) students who have more interaction with French-Canadians, as assessed by either self-report or peer judgments, return from bicultural excursions with more favorable attitudes toward the community and the language, less anxiety when using the language, and more intention to speak it than non-participants. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.