ERIC Number: ED037729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
English Now. A Self-Correcting Workbook with "Write and See."
These materials, a self-instructional workbook, a teacher's manual and accompanying tapes, are designed for students grades 7 through 12 who are speakers of the dialect sometimes called "Black Nonstandard." The terms "standard" and "nonstandard" are avoided, however, "informal" being used for the child's own dialect and "formal" for the English which he learns at school. Also, instead of designating the child's informal speech as "wrong" and the formal speech as "right," these materials stress that formal language is appropriate for certain situations and informal for others. Thus the materials are designed to teach the child standard English without attempting to eradicate or belittle his own speech, and the use of the child's informal speech in the classroom is advocated as an effective pedagogical tool, for example, in drills involving translating between the two forms of speech. The workbook consists of 14 programed lessons, each concentrating on a phonological or grammatical feature of the standard dialect not found in the nonstandard dialect. Drills, while relying to some extent on foreign language teaching methodology, have been adapted to the present situation. The teacher's manual provides prefatory commentary to each lesson, including suggestions for class activities such as games; page reductions of the workbook; and a teacher's script. (FWB)
Descriptors: Autoinstructional Aids, Black Dialects, English Instruction, Grammar, Instructional Materials, Language Styles, Nonstandard Dialects, Oral English, Pattern Drills (Language), Phonology, Programed Instructional Materials, Standard Spoken Usage, Tape Recordings, TENL, Workbooks
New Century, Educational Division, Meredith Corporation, 440 Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y. 10016
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Sociolinguistics Program.
Note: Developmental Edition of Workbook, Teacher's Manual and 14 tapes.