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ERIC Number: EJ958652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Access to French as Second Official Language Programs in English-Dominant Canada
Mady, Callie; Black, Glenda
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v57 n4 p498-501 Win 2012
Language policies in any country exist within socio-historical contexts--embedded in history and influenced by socio-political factors. In Canada, such factors were the impetus to the formation of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, which was grounded in an English/French partnership and recommended that Canada become an English/French bilingual country. Although the subsequent Official Languages Act and Charter of Rights and Freedoms limited their focus to first language maintenance, they did recognise second language education as contributing to the equality of status of both official languages. In Canada, however, the impact of second language education is mitigated by the provinces and territories who hold constitutional jurisdiction over education. Currently in Canadian schools, policies for access to French as second official language (FSOL) programs range along a continuum from informal to formal. In addition to governments, language organizations like Canadian Parents for French (CPF) also attempt to influence second language education. The purpose of this content analysis study was to examine formal provincial/territorial policies as they pertain to CPF's indicators of equitable access to FSOL programs. The significant finding from the study is the relative absence of specific, formal policies at the provincial/territorial level that would ensure equitable access to FSOL programming according to CPF's criteria. In the present study, if formal specific policies are an indicator, the provinces and territories continue to exert their influence over access to FSOL by not ensuring its availability through formal policies. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada