Researchers: Oumar Sylla and Wybo Ottenbreit-Born

The aim of this study is to identify the main obstacles faced by Francophone teachers in English-dominant French immersion schools, with a focus on issues caused by linguistic insecurity. The research will investigate the challenges and assess their impact on teacher performance, confidence, and retention, to provide practical solutions to overcome these barriers. 

The objectives of the study are as follows:

  • To assess the level of linguistic insecurity among Francophone teachers.
  • To identify the specific challenges faced by these teachers in immersion environments.
  • To examine the effects of linguistic insecurity on teaching performance, in the classroom and workplace environment, and with the interactions between parents and teachers, as well as between students and teachers.
  • To develop strategies to empower teachers, enhance their teaching efficacy, and increase their confidence.