Something just clicked! I’m reading blog posts relating to our PLENK2010 course, and I landed on Skupiktalk. There is a picture of children apparently outside a school, with the caption, “Here is Acwsalcta (Place of Learning) outside.” It caused me to reflect on my child’s education in grade 1 to 5 French immersion where many courses were taught with the intent of developing the French language. Yes, he learned, but it did not get to any level of mastery, and he did not continue. Something I recall is that they typically spoke in English outside of the classroom. Had they conversed in French, on a required basis or otherwise, I have no doubt that stronger language skills would have developed. Relating this to the PLE/PLN, greater success may have been achieved if students were encouraged to look at the community of students and outside the classroom activities as part of their learning environment in this program. As I consider my interest in workplace learning and professional development, I wonder how to best encourage adults to adopt the view of a PLE for their informal learning opportunities, and I certainly need to understand the adult level of interest in adopting such a concept.

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  1. French immersion is a great experiment in mediocrity. Students will never be native speakers, because of their ability to speak English with their classmates (even in the classroom). However, studies show that the one benefit of immersion is that students tend to score higher in math and sciences, because thinking in a second language encourages higher order thinking skills.

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