Presenting Canadian Values in LINC: The Roles of Textbooks and Teachers

  • Ron I Thomson
  • Tracey M Derwing
Keywords: Language education

Abstract

A survey of 63 employees in LINC programs in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta Indicated that the mandate of LINC to incorporate information on 'Canadian values' remains partly unfulfilled. Although professionally trained ESL instructors may be equipped to incorporate Canadian values into the content of classroom instruction, those who lack specific preparation are likely to rely on published texts. We analyzed 67 textbooks used in LINC programs. In general, most of the materials have little in the way of Canadian content and even less in the way of Canadian values. The survey responses suggested that some teachers dealt with general Canadian values if they cam up in class: others, however, felt that it was inappropriate to deal with such complex topics in LINC programs and that the proficiency level of LINC students was an obstacle. Most teachers felt that survival English was paramount in LINC.
Published
2004-06-12
How to Cite
Thomson, R., & Derwing, T. (2004). Presenting Canadian Values in LINC: The Roles of Textbooks and Teachers. TESL Canada Journal, 21(2), 17 - 33. https://doi.org/10.18806/tesl.v21i2.172
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