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National Core French Study (1990)
This four year Study, which culminated in 1989, presents a conceptual framework for a multidimensional, four-syllabus curriculum. The Study was initiated in 1984 by the late H. H. Stern, former Director of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E). The National Core French Study (N.C.F.S) has provided core French with a major research foundation for a revised core French curriculum and teaching strategies. The Study consists of the following 7 volumes:
The Communicative/Experiential Syllabus has the role of providing themes, "fields of experience" for project based work and discussion in the second language classroom. This syllabus also produces the 3 step methodology of this multi-dimensional approach.
Syllabus Culture is based on an anthropological and sociological view of culture, as designed by the late Pierre Trescases, to promote a much larger role for culture teaching within the Core French curriculum "so that students be given the opportunity to complete their schooling with the knowledge and skills necessary to function competently in Canada's sociolinguistic context".
Syllabus Langue consists of an inventory of the main elements of language to which learners should be exposed in order to allow them to develop their ability to communicate.
Syllabus Formation Langagière Générale, encourages and facilitates reflection on and generalizations about language, culture, and language learning strategies.
Evaluation discusses how evaluation is an integral part of language teaching methodology.
A Synthesis, is a 120-page report containing the conclusions and recommendations of the Study's director, Raymond LeBlanc. This synthesis consists of a French and an English volume.
The Summary Report , is a bilingual report which summarizes the activities and results of the four-year research and development project. It includes the history of the N.C.F.S. and a description of each syllabus and a list of all the participants.
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