ERIC Number: ED250912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Subjects Taught in French. Evaluation of the Second Language Learning (French) Programs in the Schools of the Ottawa and Carleton Boards of Education. Part I. Tenth Annual Report, December 1983.
Morrison, F.; Pawley, C.
Groups taught in English and French in four Ottawa English-language schools were tested for achievement in mathematics and geography in grade 9 and history in grade 10, and the two groups' results were compared. In each subject area the group instructed in French had significantly higher mean scores on the available scholastic aptitude measures than the group instructed in English. Questionnaires administered to students and their teachers yielded opinions about the courses, especially relating to the language of instruction. After adjustments for ability, mathematics achievement was higher for the group instructed in French. Geography achievement was similar for the two groups, but students instructed in French and taking the test in both languages performed better on the English test, and a similar result was found in the grade 10 history test. Item analysis also showed some significant differences related to test language. No significant sex differences were found in mathematics, but ability-adjusted scores in geography and history were higher for boys. On the questionnaire, students taught in French reported bilingual exchanges as their major out-of-school opportunities to speak French. Bilingual students felt better prepared in mathematics than English-taught students but were also higher on aptitude and achievement scores. Students having experienced a change of language of instruction had only brief difficulties with the change. Students taught in French appreciated the exposure to it, but regreted lack of English subject-matter vocabulary. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: Ottawa Board of Education (Ontario). Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Ottawa)