Quesnel pre-schoolers learn French from Diane Frothinger in this November 1984 photo from the Quesnel Observer archives. (File photo)

Quesnel pre-schoolers learn French from Diane Frothinger in this November 1984 photo from the Quesnel Observer archives. (File photo)

French Immersion research has Quesnel accent

University of Alberta student surveying local teachers, parents, students

By Frank Peebles

Staff writer

Quesnel has been selected for an academic study of French Immersion. The period of 1984-86 is of particular interest if you were an educator or the parent of a student during that time period.

All those who are now or ever were a student or parent involved in Quesnel’s French Immersion program are also invited to participate.

The study will be conducted via a survey conducted by Erin Lee de Zwart, a Canadian Studies student at the University of Alberta.

There are two forms of the survey, depending on what your participation was.

One of those options is a 16-question questionnaire for the educators and parents of the 1984-86 time period. “The goal of the project is to better understand how French immersion has changed the Quesnel area for the better and to understand the potential of second language learning to increase diversity in a small community. This undergraduate project may also serve as research for a master’s thesis,” said de Zwart, a fourth-year student at the U of A’s Campus Saint-Jean, the only francophone university campus west of Winnipeg. “In the second survey, I am looking for responses from past and present parents with children in French Immersion.”

The survey is located on Google forms and participants are sent a link, so “it is easy to participate,” de Zwart said. Participating comes with the intention to publish responses in any scholarly article, journal article or book that may result from de Zwart’s research.

“If you don’t like to type, I can also arrange to meet you by phone or on Zoom,” de Zwart added. “Just submit your name and phone number in the survey or to my email address and we can chat live while I record your responses.”

The deadline for receiving the Quesnel French Immersion input is Nov. 15. For links to the survey best suited to you, reach out to Erin at erinlee@ualberta.ca or click on the links below.

For teachers: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FigTu1N3XxoHPBBWC1iBABKFVLzswfvjDKHzMdsSlEQ/edit?pli=1.

For past and present parents: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14Of6tumdA_z5fC_1T9cIOahF-K8MxPKfBCAb588EuKw/edit.

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Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email: rebecca.dyok@quesnelobserver.com

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