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ERIC Number: EJ789830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Language Awareness and/or Language Learning in French Primary Schools Today
Young, Andrea; Helot, Christine
Language Awareness, v12 n3 p234-246 2003
The paper presents the language policies being implemented in French primary schools under the present educational reform and considers how they tackle the question of sociocultural and linguistic pluralism. It questions the choice of teaching one foreign language from a very early age at kindergarten rather than opting for a model of language awareness which takes into account the various languages spoken outside school by a growing number of children whose bilingualism and biculturalism remains ignored and unexploited. The different possible translations of the term "language awareness" in French are discussed and one language awareness project being carried out over three years in a primary school in Alsace are presented in order to illustrate how languages of different status can be legitimised early on in primary school and how language awareness can be complementary to language learning. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France