A call to action: Will French survive this time in the school curriculum in Trinidad and Tobago?

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Title: A call to action: Will French survive this time in the school curriculum in Trinidad and Tobago?
Author: Carter, Beverly-Anne
Abstract: This paper examines the interface between language planning and French language teaching/learning in Trinidad and Tobago. It does not revisit the larger policy issues on the role and status of French, but focuses instead on how a bottom-up approach to language planning is critical to ensuring the viability of French in the school curriculum. The paper argues that a bottom-up approach to language planning is more likely to contribute to a focus on renewal and revision, than has been possible to date with a top-down approach. In this regard, the paper offers some suggestions to French language teachers--an important group of stakeholders--since they can play a significant role in fighting attrition in French language learning. In conclusion, the paper suggests that while subject specialists must act as catalysts for renewal and revision, language policy and planning would be better served by a more comprehensive approach, including all teachers of language. Such a holistic would see educators recognizing the interconnectedness of their task, and ensuring that language planning is geared to nurturing the multilingual communicator of the future in today's classrooms
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/6622
Date: 2004


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