Date of Award

1994

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Communication Studies

First Advisor

Sebly, S.,

Keywords

Mass Communications.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Telefrancais is a TV Ontario television series designed to teach Core French to junior level elementary students. It is a well designed, highly entertaining program which offers a unique and creative way of bringing French into the classroom. Despite its many strengths the program does pose one critical problem. It is too difficult in terms of language content for Peel Region junior students who commence French instruction at the grade four level. Telefrancais was more specifically designed for Metropolitan junior level students who commence French instruction in grade one. The Teacher's Guide which accompanies the series offers many follow-up teaching strategies, however, these activities are too difficult for students who have only one or two years of French instruction. The theories of activity based learning as well as the natural approach to language acquisition served as the theoretical foundations for the "New Guide." The "New Telefrancais Teacher's Guide" was also formed in accordance with research and Ministry of Education and Training Guidelines for Core French. Evaluation research, namely, preliminary, formative and summative evaluation served as the methodology used in the creation of the "New Guide." The findings of the summative evaluation revealed that both the television series and the "New Guide" were found to be highly effective with grade five Peel Region students, however the television series itself, was still too difficult for grade four Peel Region students who were only in their first year of French instruction. Final recommendations included the following. The "New Telefrancais Guide" and the accompanying series is highly effective and should be implemented with grade five level students. Its activity based style of instruction proved to be particularly appealing due to the variety and choice of learning activities. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Communication Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .G84. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 33-04, page: 1031. Adviser: S. Sebly. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.

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