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ERIC Number: ED018783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 10
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LEARNING STANDARD ENGLISH BY LINGUISTIC METHODS.
GOLDEN, RUTH I.
THE AUTHOR, WHO SPENT A YEAR AS A FORD FELLOW STUDYING THE NON-STANDARD ENGLISH OF STUDENTS IN DETROIT, DESCRIBES BRIEFLY A SERIES OF TAPED LANGUAGE LESSONS FOR SECONDARY LEVEL WHICH WERE FOUND TO BE "EFFECTIVE TO A SIGNIFICANT DEGREE." (SEE RELATED DOCUMENT ED 003 588.) FURTHER EXPERIMENTATION WAS CARRIED OUT ON THE FIRST LEVEL OF PRIMARY SCHOOL, PREPARING AND TESTING A SERIES OF TAPES DESIGNED TO HELP CHILDREN FROM IMPOVERISHED BACKGROUNDS DEVELOP VERBAL FACILITY. IT WAS FELT THAT THE SOONER THE CHILD LEARNS TO DISTINGUISH THE SOUNDS OF THE HOME AND NEIGHBORHOOD FROM THOSE OF THE SCHOOL AND BUSINESS WORLD, AND HAS PRACTICE IN USING THE NEW SOUNDS THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN SONGS AND GAMES DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN STANDARD USAGES, THE BETTER START HE WILL HAVE IN ALL COMMUNICATION SKILLS. THE TAPE SCRIPTS WERE DISCUSSED AND REVISED BY A MULTI-RACIAL TEAM OF TEACHERS AND SUPERVISORS AS WELL AS CONSULTING LINGUISTS AND EDUCATORS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES. AFTER PRELIMINARY RECORDINGS WERE TESTED IN CLASSROOM SITUATIONS, THREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN DETROIT USED THE TAPES (THREE LESSONS A WEEK FOR 12 WEEKS). CONTROL GROUPS WERE TAUGHT "SPEECH IMPROVEMENT" ACCORDING TO THE USUAL METHODS. THE SPEECH SCORES BASED ON ORAL INTERVIEWS GIVEN BEFORE AND AFTER THE 12-WEEK INSTRUCTION PERIOD SHOWED A .05 LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE IN FAVOR OF THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUPS. NO OTHER FACTOR (SEX, EDUCATION OF PARENTS, SCHOOL BUILDING, OR MENTAL ABILITIES) SHOWED STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE. A PERSONALITY TEST ON "ANXIETY SCALE" WAS ADMINISTERED BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE TAPES WERE USED. NO EVIDENCE OF INCREASED ANXIETY DUE TO THE TAPE LESSONS WAS SHOWN. THESE TAPES, "GOLDEN SERIES OF AMERICAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE LESSONS AT HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL" (14 TAPES) AND "GOLDEN PRIMARY LANGUAGE LESSONS" (12 TAPES) ARE PRODUCED BY GOLDEN LANGUAGE TAPES, HIGHLAND PARK, MICHIGAN 48203. (AMM)
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