Christiane Hamm (Licence ès Lettres, University of Strasbourg, France) is an Assistant Professor in French at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview in a Canadian Context: The French Speaking Proficiency of Two Groups of Ontario High-School Graduates
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1988 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 21, Issue 6, pages 561–567, December 1988
How to Cite
Hamm, C. (1988), The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview in a Canadian Context: The French Speaking Proficiency of Two Groups of Ontario High-School Graduates. Foreign Language Annals, 21: 561–567. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1988.tb01106.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Ontario high-school students enter universities with a variety of educational backgrounds in French. In order to obtain information about the French language competence of some of these students, a study was conducted at Queen's University in 1987. Its objective was to rate, by means of the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, the French speaking proficiency of a group of immersion graduates and a group of core program graduates who had taken a six-week language course in a francophone environment. The data suggest that a) immersion graduates tend to perform functions well but at the expense of accuracy, and b) students from the core program, who take a six-week course, show fewer discrepancies in their speaking skills and obtain ratings only slightly lower than those of immersion graduates. The author, however, calls for further investigation.