ERIC Number: ED037717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Linguistic Problems [Of West Indian Children in English Schools].
Le Page, R. B.
The author maintains that there are two kinds of problems confronting West Indian children in English schools: first, there are the purely linguistic problems that arise from the fact that their native language is unlikely to be English of a kind readily understood by the teacher, the child being similarly unable to understand the teacher; second, there are the psychological problems with their roots in the past history of the West Indies, conditioning the child and his family to resent any suggestion that he has a less-than-perfect command of English or needs special help. He explains briefly the linguistic structure of the Creole dialects or Pidgin English that the children speak, and the relationship of it to British English. He points out that it would be better for teachers of English to avoid trying to suppress the "bad talk" of the children (that is, the Creole vernacular), and to emphasize instead the positive values of learning a socially dominant language. This article is one of three in a booklet published by the National Committee for Commonwealth Immigrants which provides information about the cultural background of West Indian Immigrant children. (FB)
Descriptors: Creoles, Educationally Disadvantaged, English (Second Language), Immigrants, Pidgins, School Desegregation, Social Environment, Sociolinguistics, Standard Spoken Usage, TENL
National Committee for Commonwealth Immigrants, 6 Tilney Street, London W1, England (2s 6d)
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