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Mady, Callie; Arnott, Stephanie; Lapkin, Sharon – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2009
This mixed-method study examines the proficiency in and perceptions of French language learning of Grade 8 students who were exposed to an instructional approach called the Accelerative Integrated Method (AIM). Six AIM classes (n = 125) and six non-AIM classes (n = 135) were observed and their students tested using a four-skills French as a second…
Descriptors: Interviews, Measures (Individuals), Foreign Countries, Grade 8
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Lapkin, Sharon; And Others – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1984
An annotated bibliography of 22 tests designed for core French, French immersion, and native French speaking students includes information on intended test population, levels, test types, test construction, use history and statistics, and source. An index and directory of distributors are included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, FLES, French, Immersion Programs
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Lapkin, Sharon – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1984
A review of the evolution of second-language immersion program testing reveals that the focus has shifted from listening and reading comprehension to productive skills of speaking and writing. Immersion students learn to speak and write well enough for communication but not well enough to be indistinguishable from native speakers. (MSE)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), French, Immersion Programs, Language Tests
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Lapkin, Sharon – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
The English language writing skills of grade five students in a French immersion program were compared with those of students in the regular program and found to be no different either in overall quality or specific aspects. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, English, Foreign Countries
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Lapkin, Sharon; And Others – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1992
An annotated bibliography lists French language tests designed for core French, French immersion, or French native language instruction at the elementary and secondary levels. Citations include basic bibliographic information, intended population, grade or difficulty levels, brief descriptions of test sections or format, and approximate test…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Difficulty Level, Elementary Secondary Education, French
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Lapkin, Sharon; And Others – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1990
A discussion of past and future research on immersion instruction focuses on the following areas: product variables, teaching and learning processes, and teacher education. It is found that the "product" emphasis of research in the 1980s has shifted to encompass administrative, instructional, testing, and program design issues. (91 references)…
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Educational Research, Immersion Programs, Language Research
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Sanaoui, Razika; Lapkin, Sharon – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1992
Acknowledging that students learning a second language need opportunities for extended spoken and written interactions with native speakers, this paper describes instructional computer networking that links grade 12 Anglophone students of French in Toronto with native French-speaking peers in Montreal. Focus is on writing skills. (25 references)…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Networks, Curriculum Development
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Lapkin, Sharon; And Others – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1991
Results of a large-scale evaluation of early and middle immersion programs in the Toronto (Ontario) area, involving 4 districts and 26 grade 8 classes, suggest that middle immersion yields less consistent performance levels than early immersion. Overall, findings favor early immersion. (11 references) (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, French
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Lapkin, Sharon; Swain, Merrill – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1996
Shows how one teacher skillfully integrates vocabulary instruction with his subject matter teaching. The teacher links the target vocabulary to the students' experiences and concentrates on word meanings and their written and oral forms and syntactic behavior, pushing students to accurate use of the words in context. (12 references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries, French
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Lapkin, Sharon; And Others – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1993
Existing empirical research on core French instruction is reviewed, and research directions are proposed in four areas: program design, program objectives and outcomes, curriculum issues, and teacher education. Experimentation with alternative instructional designs for delivery of core French is seen as a high priority. (84 references) (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Educational Objectives, Educational Research
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Swain, Merrill; Lapkin, Sharon – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1991
Reports on two studies of minority language children enrolled in a Toronto, Canada, bilingual (English-French) program. The study indicated that focus on the maintenance and development of students' heritage language with specific reference to literacy learning enhanced the learning of French, a third language for the minority language students.…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, English, Foreign Countries, French
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Turnbull, Miles; Lapkin, Sharon; Hart, Doug – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2001
Compares immersion and non-immersion students' results on provincial Grade 3 tests in Ottawa in 1998-99. Explores the results by immersion type--according to the grade at which English literacy instruction is introduced, and the proportion of instructional time in English. Results corroborate those of large-scale evaluation studies of French…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Foreign Countries, Grade 3, Immersion Programs
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Lapkin, Sharon; And Others – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
Presents the 1979 evaluation of the Peel County (Ontario) late immersion French program, in the context of some current issues in second language education in Canada. These include the comparative effectiveness of early and late immersion, the importance of intense exposure, and total accumulated hours of instruction. (Author/AMH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Communicative Competence (Languages), Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries