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[German part of CH] Looking for fellow Canadians to participate in a research project

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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this notice, but someone directed me to this site and suggested that I could ask if any Canadians (native speakers of English or French) are interested in participating a research project (described in more detail below). Many thanks for answers!
Maureen

Canadians wanted!

We are looking for Canadian English or French speakers to participate in a research project called "Maintaining Natural English", which is being carried out by a team of researchers at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and is funded by a Canadian government "Canada-Europe Award". The purpose of the project is to determine effective strategies for maintaining natural English or French. You would be eligible to participate if you are a native speaker of Canadian English or Canadian French who has been living in Switzerland for an extended period of time (over 5 years).

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to provide information about your language background and your current use of various languages as well as to complete some simple linguistic tests. There will be two sessions in a location convenient to you: the first session will last approximately 2 hours and the second will last approximately 30 minutes. You are free to choose not to answer any of the questions and all responses will be treated confidentially.

If you are interested in helping out with some Canadian research, please contact me at ehre@zhaw.ch. I would love to hear from you. Thank you!

Maureen Ehrensberger-Dow, PhD
Professor, Institute for Translation and Interpreting
ZurichUniversity of Applied Sciences Winterthur
Theaterstrasse 15c
CH-8400 Winterthur
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Re: Looking for fellow Canadians

Hello Maureen,

This project sounds fascinating...

I'm and anglophone languages teacher (for 20 years...) I'd like to help if possible. We don't qualify since we're only on a 1-year job exchange ending in a matter of days. We've got 4 kids who all attended public (francophone) schools... I'd like to chat about our experiences and what I've observed over the last several months in our kids language dev't .

Good luck!
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Too bad that you're leaving again so soon. It is extremely interesting to see how kids cope with new languages around them. Mine have grown up here and they have the experience in reverse when we visit Canada - they listen lots and absorb all the kid and teenage talk. It's amazing how quickly it becomes part of their repertoire.
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Re: Looking for fellow Canadians

Sorry - just a quick addendum to the post. At the moment, our research project is looking for participants who have lived in the German-speaking part of Switzerland for at least 5 years. We plan to extend the project to the French-speaking part of Switzerland at a later stage (depending, as usual, on funding...).
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Well, I've only been here 18 months and my grammar is already deteriorating. Sorry, don't qualify for the 5 year requirement.
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Thanks anyway, HashBrown, for saying hi.
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