ERIC Number: ED462840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Learners' Experiences of Immersion Education: Case Studies of French and Chinese. Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 32.
de Courcy, Michele
This book emphasizes the process of learning in immersion programs, particularly those related to reading. It explores language learning processes and experiences among French late immersion grade 9 students and Australian teachers completing a university-based Chinese immersion graduate diploma. Using students from each group as key informants, combined with research methods characteristic of a socio-ethno-phenomenological approach, the book examines various aspects of these two contexts from a student perspective. Seven chapters include the following: (1) "Language Learning in Immersion Programs" (language learning in Australia, study goals, existing research, and Australian immersion research); (2) "How and Where the Research was Done" (research approach, settings, students, and French and Chinese immersion settings); (3) "Learners' Responses to the Learning Context" (e.g., scripts for school, teacher role, response to the curriculum, and fellow students' role); (4) "Language Learning Experiences" (e.g., making sense of the classroom and producing the second language); (5) "Reading and Writing" (e.g., reading and writing in Chinese and French); (6) "Language Learning Processes and Strategies" (case studies of Chinese and French language learners); and (7) "Discussion and Conclusions." Two appendixes present transcription conventions and translation of the classroom activity sheet. (Contains 171 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Chinese, Cognitive Style, Foreign Countries, French, Grade 9, Graduate Study, High Schools, Higher Education, Immersion Programs, Language Teachers, Learning Processes, Reading Skills, Second Language Instruction, Writing Skills
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Australia