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Western University

2017

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Investigating The Links Between Tblt, Oral Competence, And Student Retention In Fsl, Alexis Newman Jun 2017

Investigating The Links Between Tblt, Oral Competence, And Student Retention In Fsl, Alexis Newman

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Through a survey, interviews, and document analysis, this mixed-methods research study involving 751 Ontario university students and a French professor investigated the issue of decreasing enrollment in Ontario FSL programs after Grade 9, low numbers of functionally bilingual graduates, and the possibility of TBLT to improve students’ oral abilities, motivation, and consequently retention in FSL. Following the findings of Lapkin et al.’s (2009) literature review on Core French, the researcher found that a lack of oral practice in FSL classes has been a serious issue leading students to discontinue or feel unsuccessful in FSL programs. Students would enjoy experiencing ...