ERIC Number: ED281395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Young Child's Experience of French Immersion Schooling.
Tardif, Claudette; Weber, Sandra
A study of the child's experience in learning a second language as it is embedded in his experience of kindergarten looks at two classes of unilingual (English-speaking) Canadian children in a half-day French immersion program. The immersion experience for the children is described in these terms: what "French" means to them; what and how they understand what the teacher says and does, how they react; what aspects of classroom life are relevant to understanding second language acquisition; and what attitudes and concepts concerning language, culture, and learning are reflected in the children's language and play. Data were gathered by extensive classroom observation, audio- and video-recordings, teacher notes, and semi-structured and open-ended interviews of parents and students. The parents and teachers were more challenged than the children by the second language, and the children treated their inability to understand the teacher's language as a minor barrier. The children attended to both the linguistic and paralinguistic factors in the school and childhood cultures. The data will be quantified and examined further for insights into classroom interaction and second language acquisition processes in this context. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Cognitive Processes, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, French, Immersion Programs, Interviews, Kindergarten, Learning Processes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs, Student Experience, Teacher Student Relationship, Young Children
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987). Financial support for this project was supplied by the University of Alberta Central Research Fund.