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ERIC Number: EJ784172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
Intensive French and Intensive English: Similarities and Differences
Germain, Claude; Lightbown, Patsy; Netten, Joan; Spada, Nina
Canadian Modern Language Review, v60 n3 p409-430 Feb 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 curricula. The programs are also compared in terms of learning outcomes, follow-up programs, and teacher preparation/qualifications. Reasons for the success of both programs are given and discussed in relation to the rationales for their existence. In general, the programs appear to be very similar; major differences present in IF include the compacting of the regular curriculum, the role of reading and writing, the emphasis on both accuracy and fluency, and the use of more cognitively demanding tasks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada