Researching mother tongue literacy

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November 8, 1976 - HRCC research into mother tongue literacy

From the early 1960s, the Humanities Research Council of Canada (HRCC) expresses interest in students’ ‘mother tongue’ in Canadian universities. Some university academics and administration express dissatisfaction with “the standard of mother tongue attainment among English and French-speaking undergraduates.” In 1973, the HRCC establishes the Committee on the Teaching of the Mother Tongue. A June 1976 letter expresses concern that the work of the committee is already being pursued by universities and other organizations elsewhere in Canada. The executive concludes in November 1976 that since individual universities are concerned about teaching the mother tongue and the HRCC has insufficient resources to continue the project, they will disband the committee.