Fred Genesee (Ph.D., McGill University) is Research Officer, Instructional Services, The Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal, and Assistant Professor of Psychology at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
Acquisition of Reading Skills in Immersion Programs
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1979 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 12, Issue 1, pages 71–77, February 1979
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Genesee, F. (1979), Acquisition of Reading Skills in Immersion Programs. Foreign Language Annals, 12: 71–77. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1979.tb00952.x
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ABSTRACT The article reviews research findings as they relate to the acquisition of reading skills (in the first and second language) by majority-group school children participating in early immersion programs, i.e., programs where all or part of the course instruction in the primary grades is provided in a second language. Special consideration is given to the importance of language sequencing in initial reading instruction, first and second language reading proficiency, and transfer of skills from one language to the other. It is concluded that participation in a second language immersion program does not adversely affect reading acquisition in the first language, and, in fact, that early introduction of reading instruction in the first language does not yield any appreciable benefits to the student. Acquisition of reading skills in the second language is discussed, briefly, in terms of the type of reading skill and the student's academic ability.