[lg policy] bibitem: Immigration and language policy and planning in Quebec and Canada: language learning and integration

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 12 20:11:14 UTC 2010

Immigration and language policy and planning in Quebec and Canada:
language learning and integration
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 0143-4632,
Volume 31, Issue 4, 2010, Pages 331 – 345

Authors: Maeve Conricka; Paula Donovana

The connections between immigration and language policy and planning
in Quebec and Canada are long established. With the continuing upward
trajectory in levels of immigration to Canada and Queacutebec the
linguistic integration of these new arrivals remains an important
topic. In recent years, Asia has overtaken Europe as the leading
source of immigrants; as a consequence there has been a further
increase in Canada's linguistic heterogeneity. Demographic linguistic
data (e.g. from Statistics Canada) provide evidence that the majority
of Canada's newest immigrants no longer come from a European languages
background but rather from diverse Asian language groups. This article
discusses the approaches taken by Canada (federal level) and
Queacutebec (provincial level) as evidenced in the various language
and immigration policies put in place to support and encourage
language learning and integration among Allophones (speakers of
languages other than English and French). The article focuses
particularly on immigrants of Chinese origin as this group is now the
leading source of immigrants to Canada and Chinese languages are the
most spoken non-official languages among Allophones.
Keywords: language policy; language minorities; immigrants; language
demographics; multilingualism; language choice

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