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ERIC Number: EJ895576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
Making "Wiggle Room" in French as a Second Language/Francais Langue Seconde: Reconfiguring Identity, Language, and Policy
Byrd Clark, Julie
Canadian Journal of Education, v33 n2 p379-406 2010
In this two-year ethnographic study, I critically examined the problematic nature of the construct French as a Second Language (FSL), drawing specifically from the lived experiences of Canadian youth of Italian origin, participating in a teacher education course to prepare teachers of French. Using discourse analysis of interviews, observations, and focus groups, I found that participants' social identities and linguistic practices were complex and varied. However, current FSL policies and practice do not reflect such diversity or multidimensionality. To conclude, I demonstrate the importance of making some "wiggle room" regarding the construction of French as a Second Language (FSL) to reflect a more pluralistic society. (Contains 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Italy