Pedagogy and Learning Environment in a Franco-Ontarian Child Care Centre

  • Alan D. Russette Western University
  • Shelley Kathleen Taylor Western University
Keywords: official minority language, French first language, early childhood education, French as a second language

Abstract

In order to succeed in French First Language (FFL) schools, students must have a working knowledge of French. For many Anglophone and Allophone students, the journey toward official bilingualism through FFL schooling begins in FFL child care centres. The programs offered in these centres were designed to foster the linguistic and literacy development of Franco-Ontarian children before they enter the FFL L-6 school system (CLR-Net, 2009; Government of Canada, 1982, 2008 & 2012; Ministère de l'éducation, 2004; Ontario MEO, 2005). This paper investigates whether éducatrices in FFL child care centres can meet all children’s French needs and, if so, how?

Author Biographies

Alan D. Russette, Western University
Alan D. Russette is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education at Western University. His research focus is on pedagogy and learning environment in French First Language and French as a Second Language elementary schools.
Shelley Kathleen Taylor, Western University

1.     Dr. Shelley K. Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University. Her research focus is on linguistic minority children fare in bilingual education programs designed for majority group populations.

Published
2014-09-12
How to Cite
Russette, A. D., & Taylor, S. K. (2014). Pedagogy and Learning Environment in a Franco-Ontarian Child Care Centre. Language and Literacy, 16(2), 131 - 147. https://doi.org/10.20360/G2730P