Perceptions and Attitudes of a Group of Grade 4 Students From an Anglophone Community While Communicating With Their Peers From a Francophone Community
de Lira e Silva, Taciana
MetadataShow full item record
This qualitative study was guided by the framework of Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC). In Canada, although researchers recognize that learning French through a cultural context will promote understanding and acceptance of cultural diversity, as well as the learning of the target language, there is little evidence to support the ways in which this methodology may influence the learning of elementary Core French students. The purpose of this study was to investigate the ways in which a group of Grade 4 students, from an English community, perceived their peers from a French community, and to describe any changes in their attitudes toward learning French as a Second Language in response to the opportunity to learn through a cultural context. This action research study used a questionnaire, an observation checklist of task-related behaviour, and semi-structured group photo-interviews to explore 15 Grade 4 students’ perceptions and attitudes in response to a new research-based teaching approach. As the cultural exchange unfolded, I sought evidence of the three savoirs (that according to the ICC model, primary students have the ability to develop), in order to promote interculturality: savoir être (related to students’ attitudes towards the other students), savoirs (related to knowledge of the other culture), and savoir apprendre/faire (related to behaviour toward the other culture). Results indicated that students showed evidence of two savoirs: savoir être and savoirs. Savoir apprendre/faire, however, was not shown. In addition to the two savoirs, the exchange promoted the learning of French in the classroom, and supported the development of students’ confidence in communicating in French. The findings of this study contribute to the teaching of Elementary Core French in Ontario, by providing valuable insights into the possible ways that learning French through an intercultural experience holds potential in developing students’ communication abilities as well as awareness and acceptance of otherness, which is the bedrock upon one can develop effective communicators in the target language.
URI for this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/12070
Request an alternative formatIf you require this document in an alternate, accessible format, please contact the Queen's Adaptive Technology Centre
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
The pronunciation of the french language on a mechanical principle, ora new, rational and practical method for effectually imparting to englishmen theParisian pronunciation. Tremblay, Laurent H. (Quebec : L.J. Demers ,, 2014-04-14)
A letter to the Right Honorable the Earl of Warwick, upon the subject of opposition, in consequece of the speeches of His Lordship in the House of Peers, on the 23d and 27th of March, 1797 : in opposition to the motions of the Earls of Oxford and Suffolk, to address His Majesty for peace, and for the dismissal of the Right Honorable William Pitt : likewise some observations upon the conduct of the French Directory during the late negotiations for peace : ... Loyal subject. (1798)
Core French in Eastern Ontario: a language-minority student's experience Garbati, Jordana Francesca (2007-08-29)This qualitative case study was conducted to learn about the experiences of one language-minority student learning French in a core French class in Eastern Ontario. In-class observations and interviews with the language-minority ...