Edited Inksheds on Session 5: Language goals in the multicultural classroom (Margaret and Josée)

Does this suggest a higher status for French immersion? Or is it simply a matter of availability outside Quebec? If the latter, it's interesting that we are paying to make Anglophones into Francophones but won't pay to keep Francophones as Francophones by paying for French minority schools? -- Doug

My German friends invariably want us to correct their English and I hate it when they correct my German (which they do). I think the real difference is their overwhelming confidence and my total lack of it. The correction stops my discourse cold -- but I'm sure that if I corrected them it wouldn't even slow them up. Again, this has to do with power relationships (power in the discourse situation). These are two separate issues -- one is social and the other is pedagogical. Is it effective? This depends in some measure on what the attitudes are underlying the whole situation. I think another issue is that correction is such a strong temptation: it gives you power. So we resist succumbing to that temptation as much as we can, because we think we'll fall into the evil habit of power-tripping. -- Russ

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