Plain Language Summaries: The Canadian Component of the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) -The Situation of Official Language Minorities (2007)

This document offers a summary of a Statistics Canada study that uses the results of the International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (IALSS) to analyze the literacy skills of Canada’s official language minorities.

The study notes that Francophones, both in and outside of Quebec, have faced obstacles that explain their longstanding lag in literacy skills when compared to Anglophone Canadians. While the situation of Quebec Anglophones differs from one region of the province to another, their average literacy proficiency level is generally higher than that those using French as their mother tongue.

The study suggests that in general, differences in educational attainment between Francophones and Anglophones largely explain the differences in their results on IALSS tests.

Francophone minorities outside Quebec and New Brunswick also face a major challenge in developing and maintaining awareness of the written word in French to ensure their survival. Sixty-three percent of Francophones in Ontario and 85 percent of those in Manitoba took the IALSS tests in English. While most said they had a very good or good ability to speak or write French, English was their preferred written language.

The summary is part of a National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) project, funded by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), that provides brief summaries of Statistics Canada research documents.

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T. Scott Murray and James E. Page. Plain Language Summaries: The Canadian Component of the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) -The Situation of Official Language Minorities 2007. Web. 28 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/stats/ialss2003/summary/corbeil.pdf>
T. Scott Murray & James E. Page (2007). Plain Language Summaries: The Canadian Component of the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) -The Situation of Official Language Minorities. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/stats/ialss2003/summary/corbeil.pdf
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