ERIC Number: EJ1075394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Reading as a Skill or as a Social Practice in French Immersion?
Roy, Sylvie; Schafer, Paul-Christophe
Language and Education, v29 n6 p527-544 2015
This paper looks at reading in French immersion and how learning French is seen more as a skill rather than a social practice that could be examined through a more critical lens. Most of the teachers often teach students how to read but rarely will they discuss the role of French in Canadian society and how this is manifested in the texts they read and the world around them. This critical knowledge of how French and bilingualism are regarded in French immersion schools is lacking and brings several challenges to students inside and outside of the program. They learn how to read but can be quickly discouraged from using their French outside of school due to ideological assumptions that fail to recognize these students as bilingual, instead requiring cultural and native-like demonstrations of competence in the language in order to be accepted and allowed to speak.
Descriptors: Reading Skills, French, Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning, Bilingualism, Language Usage, Language Attitudes, Communicative Competence (Languages), Language Role, Literacy, Sociolinguistics, Ethnography, Cultural Awareness, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Canada