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Pons-Ridler, Suzanne – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1978
Discusses the advantages of a bilingual education, and in particular the benefits of mother tongue instruction on the learning of the second language. (AM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Cultural Education, Language Acquisition, Language Maintenance
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Pons-Ridler, Suzanne – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1994
Mnemonic techniques for teaching French verbs and their corresponding prepositions to native English speakers are presented. The devices are outlined by category of verb and preposition. Then specific techniques for presentation, memorization, and further uses are described. (Contains six references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, French, Grammar
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Pons-Ridler, Suzanne; Quillard, Genevieve – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1991
The differential usage of negative forms in French and English is analyzed. French-speakers tend to use negatives often, as in negative questions and impersonal phrases. Study of translations also shows that many words with a positive equivalent in French are translated by a negative word or phrase. (five references) (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, English, French, Language Patterns
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Pons-Ridler, Suzanne; Plastre, Guy – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1981
Describes a testing program initiated by the University of New Brunswick (Saint John Campus) to evaluate the French proficiency level of their students according to norms standardized throughout Canada. The evaluators used the Public Service Commission tests which were administered to a group of volunteer students for two succeeding years.…
Descriptors: French, Higher Education, Language Proficiency, Public Service
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Pons-Ridler, Suzanne – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1977
Examines a Swiss experiment in second language learning before the age of ten, which indicates that pre-puberty second language learning can be successful and can improve first language skills, and that the method used is less important than the training of the teacher. (Text is in French.) (AM)
Descriptors: Educational Experiments, Elementary Education, French, Language Instruction
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Pons-Ridler, Suzanne – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1982
A speech by the president of Senegal on the need for instruction in Parisian French in his country is used as the point of departure for a discussion of such standardization. The proposal for standardization is found idealistic, and the utility of the language taught is judged more important. (MSE)
Descriptors: Dialects, Foreign Countries, French, Language Standardization