Choosing whether to study in French at the postsecondary level

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2016

Professor André Samson recently completed a study involving grade 12 students in Ontario French-language schools and their decision on whether to continue their education in an English or a French postsecondary institution.

The study finds that the choice of postsecondary language isn’t influenced by students’ geographic location, as was originally thought, but rather whether these young people self-identify as a francophone or an anglophone. Results show that students who don’t self-identify as francophones tend to choose English postsecondary institutions.

The study concludes that schools play a critical role in developing and strengthening the linguistic identity of young francophones.

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