Past Award Recipients
Yvonne Germaine Dufault
Learning English as a Second Language through First Nations Character Education Teachings and Aboriginal language acquisition strategies.
In 2003, Yvonne Dufault is engaged in ground-breaking action research in the area of ESL. She's investigating the impact of First Nations/ Aboriginal teachings on Character Education in the secondary school system, particularly with English as a Second Language intermediate secondary school students who are relatively new to Canada and know little about First Nations culture. Last year, she engaged in personal FSL Character Education Project in my classroom. The results of her research were published at the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers' Web site in December, 2002. See http://www.caslt.org/research/dufault2.htm.
Dufault's interest was sparked by a November, 2002 newspaper article and research cited below, which stressed a great need for and interest in Native Studies. Dufault is currently investigating the efficacy of using Native storytelling as a tool for encouraging the development of positive character traits, incorporating the use of multiple intelligences such as kinaesthetic learning. Only one and a half months into the project, her students are already experiencing heightened motivation, enhanced linguistic and communicative competence, significant increase in personal growth as global citizens and increased satisfaction in being the privileged "ESL" class. Students engage in personal journaling with respect to the program every day and will respond to a survey, a teacher-designed vocabulary test and concepts test at the end of the program. The results will be published in a report, in a pedagogical article and at an international researchers'conference in autumn, 2003. This project has great potential for duplication.
Yvonne Germaine Dufault, (B.A., B.Ed., M.A.) has just completed her First Nations Character Education thesis topic at OISE/UT. On October 30, 2002, she was applauded by the York Region District School Board for her Curriculum Action Research Project "Incorporating Character Education into the FSL Classroom". See http://www.caslt.org/research/dufault2.htm. See http://www.caslt.org/research/dufault.htm . She is presenting her findings at the July 2003 AFMLTA Conference in Brisbane, Australia.
Also see: First Nations Legends & Stories According to ESL Level and Character Traits As Determined by Teacher in Collaboration with Students - A bibligraphical listing of sources of legends that are suitable for character development through the art of storytelling. In PDF format.