ERIC Number: ED036420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
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Psychological Principles in a Strategy for Teaching the Reading of a Standard Dialect.
Sherk, John K., Jr.
The beginning reading problems of the child who speaks nonstandard English are analyzed from the standpoint of the linguistic theory of interference, the name given to the condition in which the person imposes the sound and grammatical system of his own language on the language to be learned. Applications of the Skinnerian theory of stimulus discrimination to the learning of a standard dialect leads to the conclusion that before attempting to read a language, the pupil must be taught to speak it well enough to emit the discriminative responses and subsequently be properly reinforced in the presence of the discriminative stimuli. Therefore, it is recommended that formal reading instruction be delayed for some disadvantaged children until sufficient familiarity with the vocabulary and structure of spoken standard English is acquired. References are included. (CM)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Black Dialects, Interference (Language), Language Instruction, Nonstandard Dialects, Reading Difficulty, Reading Instruction, Second Language Learning, Standard Spoken Usage
Nineteenth National Reading Conference Yearbook.
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Note: Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 4-6, 1969