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Teaching L2 - Food for Thought
“... When presented with the two words "canoe" and "kayak", students were asked if these were English words. Their initial response was affirmative. However, upon reflection they guessed that they must be Indian and Inuit words. A further question, "Are these French words?" met with a negative until the teacher's glance confirmed a yes. A dutch boy in the class noted that the word was also a German one, spelled Kanu. Such additional information helped students to realize that words enter a language as a result of invention, too, and that each language will spell the word according to its own conventions...”

- From "Language Awareness and Its Place in the Canadian Curriculum", The National Core French Study - "Studies of Canadian Heritage"