TITLE

DOMINANCE IDENTITAIRE BILINGUE CHEZ LES JEUNES FRANCOPHONES EN SITUATION MINORITAIRE

AUTHOR(S)
Deveau, Kenneth; Allard, Réal; Landry, Rodrigue
PUB. DATE
July 2008
SOURCE
Canadian Issues / Thèmes Canadiens;Summer2008, Special section p2
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
One of the main pedagogical challenges facing French language schools outside of the province of Quebec is to encourage the development of a strong francophone identity and commitment. This article presents the results of a Canada-wide survey that measured, among other things, the ethno-linguistic identity of students attending the 11th year at a French-language school. The article examines the dominant identity of these young people. The results show that bilingual identity is present in a large majority of young people. In addition, the identities as French-speaking, English-speaking and bilingual were sorted in order to create a scale identifying three categories of identity dominance with bilingual identity constituting the mid-point. An overwhelming majority of students had a predominantly bilingual identity, thus demonstrating a strong identity hybridity. Fewer than one in five students has a predominantly French-speaking identity. A positive aspect of the study is that very few students in French schools have a predominantly English-speaking identity. Some educational implications are discussed.
ACCESSION #
35156137

 

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