Survey on Language Practices among Youth

Survey on Language Practices among Youth

Survey on Language Practices among Youth

Survey on Language Practices among Youths

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Référence bibliographique [10774]

Gérin-Lajoie, Diane et Perris, Kirk. 2011. «Survey on Language Practices among Youth». Dans Youth, Language, and Identity : Portraits of Students from English-Speaking High Schools in the Montreal Area , sous la dir. de Diane Gérin-Lajoie, p. 29-75. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs

Intentions :
« [T]he purpose of this survey was to gather information on the language practices of [our sample of] students, in particular the way in which they used English, French, and other languages in their daily lives.» (p. 29)

2. Méthode

Échantillon/Matériau :
«The sample consisted of a total of 106 students […]. All students were enrolled in Secondary 3 at the start of the study. Approximately three-quarters (72.6%) of the students were 14 years old; 27.4% of the students were 15 years old […].» (p. 29)

Instruments :

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé

«This chapter examines the results of the survey that was administered to the Secondary 3 students at Schools A and B.» (p. 29) Among other variables, family background (e.g., parents’ place of birth, parents’ first language, languages spoken at work by parents) and languages spoken in the home (i.e., with mother, father and siblings) were measured. Their influence on the identity construction process is then discussed. For example, «[a] bilingual [vs. trilingual] identity is more prevalent in the discourse of students attending School A. [This can be partly explained by the fact that] many students enrolled in this school live in exogamous families, where one of the parents is Francophone.»