ERIC Number: ED254065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Acquisition du francais par des immigrants adultes au Quebec (Acquisition of French by Adult Immigrants to Quebec).
Painchaud, Gisele; And Others
A study of the French language learning progress of immigrants to Quebec had four objectives: (1) to identify the functional level of oral French of two groups of immigrants after language training at one of the province's immigrant orientation centers; (2) to verify whether after a six month period of employment the language proficiency level has remained stable, improved, or diminished, taking into consideration the situation and the other occasions for speaking French; (3) to compare the development of the two groups according to five performance criteria on the oral performance scale; and (4) to describe the morphological and syntactic characteristics of French spoken by the immigrant groups at different stages of development and document their linguistic evolution according to some of those forms after six months of training. The most striking result of the study was the stability and the progression in the subjects' knowledge of French despite the relatively small number of occasions they had to use it. In addition, it was found that the proficiency level upon completion of training was less significant than other factors in predicting maintenance of proficiency, and that the work environment of most subjects did not provide much opportunity for using or improving French skills. The majority of subjects were at level 2 or 2+, according to the Foreign Service Institute rating scale. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.