Earlier this year we published Minority Populations in Canadian Second Language Education edited by Katy Arnett and Callie Mady. Here, Katy tells us a bit more about the field of Canadian Second Language Education.
For many decades within the field of second language education, Canada has been known for the development and growth of its French immersion program. The model has been positively replicated in many corners of the globe and thus led to very esteemed views of the country’s language education initiatives.
Yet, French immersion is not the only dimension of second language education in the country. There are other programs for French study (Intensive French and Core French), programs for immigrants who want to remain connected to their heritage languages and perhaps pass them on to their children, and programs seeking to revive Aboriginal languages. The changing faces of the Canadian immigrant population have led to considerations of English and French as “Additional,” rather than second languages. Changing views about who can and should study language has shifted the population of learners in traditional French Second Language classrooms. Thus, this volume seeks to bring to light some of these lesser-known facets of Canadian second language education, which may end up challenging Canada’s positive global reputation in the field.
Within this volume four groups are considered: Allophone students in Anglophone regions of the country studying French as an additional language, students with disabilities who are in French immersion programs, newcomers to and residents of Canada who are seeking to maintain ties to their heritage languages and cultures, and Aboriginal communities hoping to revive the languages and language traditions that were suppressed (often violently) by the Canadian government. The collective work of the authors—who range from doctoral candidates to esteemed scholars in the field—shows that Canada remains a vibrant locale for questioning and promoting language education, even if not all of the stories celebrate successes.
To find out more about this book please see our website.