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de Saint Léger, Diane; Storch, Neomy – Babel, 2012
Tasks can vary in terms of difficulty and implementation conditions, and these in turn may affect the nature of the language produced by the learner. There have been a large number of studies which have investigated the effects of these task properties and implementation conditions on the language the learner produces. To date, results have been…
Descriptors: French, Oral Language, Conversational Language Courses, Comparative Analysis
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Mady, Callie – Babel, 2012
With a view to bridging the gap between elementary (primary) and secondary school second language teachers and researchers, the study reported in this paper identified differences in language register, educators' lack of access to research articles and lack of shared space for researchers and educators to communicate as causes of the gap. There is…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Language Teachers, Alignment (Education), Questionnaires
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Mady, Callie – Babel, 2011
This study compares the willingness to communicate (WTC) of Canadian Anglophone and Francophone students to measures of their self-assessed, multiskilled second language proficiency and strategy use before and after a short-term intracountry bilingual exchange experience. The central question is whether a student's WTC exists before an opportunity…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Questionnaires, Language Skills, Language Proficiency
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Birch, Gary; Matas, Cristina Poyatos – Babel, 1999
Discusses a research project that aims to study the grammatical development of two groups of language immersion students, one that is participating in an Internet project involving collaboration with learners in France and Canada, and another that is exposed to the teaching of grammar that has been integrated with content area studies. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Foreign Countries, Grammar, Immersion Programs
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Smedley, Lea; Gofton, Denise – Babel, 1999
Provides a dialogue that is a series of semi-structured interviews with a language educator who taught French for 4 years before becoming a full-time mother. After 9 years, she became involved in teaching in a French immersion program in Canada. The interviewer is a senior lecturer at Macquarie University in Australia. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, French, Immersion Programs, Interviews
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Bostock, William W. – Babel, 1988
Documents the evolution of the Dutch and French languages. Policy and planning initiatives for both languages are discussed, and organizations responsible for planning initiatives for each language are described. (DJD)
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, Dutch, French, Language Planning
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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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Berthold, Michael – Babel: Journal of the Australian Modern Language Teachers' Associations, 1990
Reviews the development of the language immersion method to teach French in Canada in 1965, and discusses the spread of its use to other countries and other languages. The definition of "immersion" is briefly reviewed, and its efficacy is discussed. Finally, possible reasons for the method's success are examined. (12 references) (JL)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, French, Immersion Programs, Instructional Effectiveness