New Study Reveals Impact of Technology on Francophone Teens in Minority Settings

September 22, 2011
Ottawa…The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will release on Saturday, Sept. 24 the results of a national survey on the impact of technology on Francophone identity building among students attending French-language schools in minority settings in Canada.

Carrying on its tradition of educational research in Francophone minority settings, CTF will share the major findings of the survey at the meeting of the School Council of the Éducatrices et éducateurs francophones du Manitoba (ÉFM) in Winnipeg. The survey involved more than 1,600 Canadian students last winter.

“As adults and teachers, we are discovering the world of technology every day. However, technology has been part of our students’ lives since birth,” says CTF President Paul Taillefer addressing the ÉFM School Council. “This survey is a first step toward better understanding the role technology plays in the lives of teenagers in our schools,” adds the President.

One of the survey’s main findings highlights the almost total lack of in-depth research on technology and its use by Francophone students. The survey confirms that French is not used much in this highly popular social context.  The teacher committee that directed the study also suggested ideas to ensure that French has an increased presence in this environment.

“Since the creation of the Services to Francophones department at CTF, we have contributed significantly to the progress of French-language education in Canada. We believe that this survey on a topic so little explored will foster thinking and bring about positive changes in the Francophone community,” adds Taillefer.

This project was made possible thanks to the financial support and collaboration of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Canadian Teachers’ Federation speaks for nearly 200,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues.

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Spokesperson: Paul Taillefer, CTF President
Information: Ronald Boudreau, Director of Services to Francophones
Contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314