ERIC Number: ED221041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Elementary French Program Evaluation: Summary of Findings 1978 to 1981. Research Report 82-07.
Stennett, R. G.; Earl, L. M.
Major changes were implemented in the elementary French program in London, Ontario during the period from 1968-78 and other major changes have been planned for 1978-88. One of the most significant changes was the increase in instructional time from 120 to 180 to 240 hours in grades 7 and 8. A summary of various studies on the impact of these changes on student achievement, attitudes, and cultural awareness is presented. The subjects were 400 students from 15 grade 8 classes. International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Attainment (IEA) materials were used to test reading, listening, and speaking. Individual oral-aural tests were given. To measure cultural awareness, the Survey of French Cultural Awareness test was administered, and three different tests were used to assess students' attitudes. These tests assessed their attitude toward French Canadians and toward learning French, and French class anxiety. A review of the data reveals considerable improvement in reading and speaking skills, and oral-aural skills, and modest improvement in listening skills. However, students' knowledge of French culture has not improved. Their attitudes toward French Canadians, initially fairly positive, has become slightly more so, and their anxiety about French class has lessened slightly. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Board of Education (Ontario). Educational Research Services.
Identifiers - Location: Canada (London)