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McLauchlan, Alastair – Babel, 2009
This paper addresses the complicated issue of attribution of gender in French nouns. Firstly, it presents a range of views on how native speakers address noun gender allocation, plus some insight into why they are accurate with most, but by no means all, gender attributions. Secondly, the paper explains some of the inconsistencies in noun gender…
Descriptors: Nouns, French, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning
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Staddon, Sally – Babel, 2007
In 2004, in response to the need to revise oral practice and assessment in the second semester of Beginners French at Monash University, an eight-week group-based theatre project was developed and trialled. A specially adapted version of Tardieu's absurdist play "Le Guichet" was used to give students the opportunity to focus on oral…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Role, Grammar, French
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Warnod, Helen – Babel, 2006
This article describes how recent trends in improving literacy outcomes in the early years of schooling have provided the opportunity for Camberwell Primary School to identify the "best practice" that promotes high levels of achievement in English literacy and transfer this learning and knowledge to the French literacy program. The linguistic…
Descriptors: Literacy, French, Academic Achievement, Second Language Learning
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Ferragina, Anna Maria; Mustica, Giuseppina – Babel, 2006
International Grammar School was founded twenty years ago on the belief in the benefits of immersion language learning for children. It offers immersion second language learning in German, Italian, French, and Japanese which continues through kindergarten into the high school years. With language as the medium and not the object of learning,…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Second Language Learning, Bilingual Education, Immersion Programs
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Esposito, Marie-Josee – Babel, 2006
In this article, the author describes the French immersion program at Meriden Junior School, an Anglican school for girls from pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 in Sydney. Four teachers (one of whom is the coordinator) and three assistants are involved in the program. They include six French native speakers and one non-French-born teacher who speaks…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Immersion Programs, French, Native Speakers
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Ritchie, Annabelle – Babel, 2004
Language ecology, a term developed by Haugen (2001), describes the relationship between languages and the environment in which they exist; that is, how they grow, change, interact and adapt in a Darwinian-like quest for survival. Of the 6000 or so languages in existence today, some are spoken by vast numbers of people, but others are used by very…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Pluralism, Sociolinguistics, Language Maintenance
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Staddon, Sally – Babel, 2001
Describes a beginners' French Web site that aims to expose learners to the authentic French of native speakers and to the French produced by tutors and learners within the Web site itself. Provides information for incorporating Web-based instruction. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, French, Introductory Courses, Native Speakers
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Pavis, Jose – Babel, 1989
Describes two experiments carried out with a class of foreign language learners in the Department of French studies at the University of Sydney. The first experiment involved keeping a learner's diary, and the second experiment focused on learner's self-assessment of their writing performances. (CB)
Descriptors: College Students, French, Higher Education, Second Language Learning
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de Courcy, Michele; Burston, Monique; Warren, Jane – Babel, 1999
Presents data on interlanguage development obtained from a storytelling exercise using a picture storybook for children in an Australian French-English immersion program. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, English, Foreign Countries, French
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Tanner, Clive – Babel: Australia, 1997
Focuses on model for implementing a primary language program in Australia. Parameters of this model were: an intensive beginners' course introduced at year 5 level; the language program be part of the mainstream curriculum and be allocated at least six hours per week; the language taught be Indonesian or French; and a maintenance program of at…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Curriculum Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Campbell, Ian – Babel: Australia, 1997
Argues that a better understanding of the workings of one's first language--English, for most Australians--can facilitate the acquisition and appreciation of another language. The article exploits the morphology and syntax of English in the following areas: liaison, emphasis, stress, separable and inseparable verbs, dental suffixes, weak and…
Descriptors: Culture Contact, Elementary Secondary Education, English, Foreign Countries
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Walkley, Max – Babel: Australia, 1997
Discusses the language problems in Roch Carrier's French Canadian short stories, as well as his concise, nostalgic writing style. The article gives examples of vocabulary in his characters' dialogue; reviews the evolvement of French in Quebec and the question of "joual," in particular; and focuses on expressions posing difficulty for…
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, Foreign Countries, French, French Canadians
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De Jabrun, Pierre – Babel: Australia, 1997
Reflects on the achievement in math and science of Australian students in an immersion French program. The immersion math students outperformed mainstream students at a level not significantly different, and by the end of the first year, the science students performed as well as their mainstream counterparts, indicating that immersion students…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Foreign Countries, French
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Rolin-Ianziti, Jeanne; Boucquey, Colette – Babel: Australia, 1992
Describes the use of community broadcasting in language learning with specific reference to an experience in a French program at tertiary level. Notes that the principles and procedures discussed are equally applicable to the teaching and learning of languages at earlier phases of schooling. (eight references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Broadcast Industry, Foreign Countries, French, Higher Education
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Bloomfield, Noelene – Babel: Australia, 1992
Focuses on the effectiveness of the communicative approach to language learning, with particular reference to the new French syllabus in Australia. Concludes that although the communicative approach appears to be working for many students, there is a need for teachers to focus on grammatical structures and form for optimal learning to take place.…
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Communicative Competence (Languages), Foreign Countries, French
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