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Netten, Joan; Germain, Claude – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2009
This article examines the oral proficiency in French of students in core French, intensive French (IF), and post-IF to determine the effectiveness of these programs. Between 2003 and 2009, students in nine jurisdictions were assessed using the New Brunswick Middle School Scale (MSS). Students were tested prior to beginning IF (multiple grade…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Netten, Joan; Germain, Claude – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2004
This article gives the reasons for, and the history of, the conceptualization of intensive French. The major characteristics of core French and French immersion are reviewed, giving the principal advantages and limitations of each program. The findings of empirical research that most directly affect the development of communication skills are…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, French, Intensive Language Courses, Immersion Programs
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Netten, Joan; Germain, Claude – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2004
This article describes the way in which the curriculum for intensive French was developed. Reference is made to its similarities to and differences from both the multidimensional curriculum proposed by the National Core French Study and the communicative approach. The importance of learning outcomes stated in terms of communicative outcomes…
Descriptors: Literacy, French, Cognitive Development, Intensive Language Courses
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Germain, Claude; Lightbown, Patsy; Netten, Joan; Spada, Nina – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2004
This article provides a historical overview and comparison of intensive English (IE) and intensive French (IF) programs in Canada. Comparisons are made in terms of the total time allotted to the intensive period, the selection of students, the number and types of schools offering the programs, the models of delivery, and the type of pedagogy and…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Foreign Countries, French, English (Second Language)
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Germain, Claude; LeBlanc, Raymond – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
The communicative method of language instruction is compared with other, generalized methods currently used, in terms of content, the variety of forms taught to express the same thought, oral and written language, emphasis on form versus message content, the nonverbal element, and the teaching of language context. (MSE)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Communicative Competence (Languages), Comparative Analysis, Course Content
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Germain, Claude – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1985
While there are many problems to be resolved concerning the substance of instruction within a communicative approach the manner of teaching must also be considered, including methodology, the linguistic aspect (vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation), norms, and the use of computers. (MSE)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Strategies
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Germain, Claude – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1975
Discusses the principles of behavioral objectives and strategies for achieving them. (Text is in French.) (RM)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Language Instruction
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Germain, Claude – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1978
Proposes a system that can be used to analyze and evaluate any language teaching method at any level, by breaking down a particular method and comparing it to another, in terms of linguistic and sociocultural content, methodological organization; and physical quality. (AM)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Content Analysis, Cultural Influences, Evaluation Methods
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Germain, Claude – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1979
Reports the results of an examination of elementary, secondary, and adult materials for French and English language instruction, which sought to determine the nature of the Canadian cultural and linguistic reality expressed in these materials. (AM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cultural Awareness, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education