ERIC Number: ED038630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Standard English as a Second Dialect to Speakers of Nonstandard English in High School Business Education. Final Report.
Hagerman, Barbara P.
Twenty girls were selected out of 110 enrolled in tenth-grade typing classes at San Bernardino High School for the two-semester experimental Business Speech program described in this report. In addition to taped language laboratory lessons on grammatical and syntactical items in standard English contrasted with nonstandard Negro English, instruction included pretests in audio discrimination and grammatical structure, oral drill, taped dictation tests, discussion by the teacher and small groups, role-playing, and practice in telephone skills and office procedures. The control group was taught with standard instructional procedures and no dialect study. The Business Speech students were "generally pleased" with taking dictation, role-playing, and discussion, but responded negatively to the taped lessons once the novelty interval had passed. They did not relate their change in speech production to the language laboratory lessons despite the fact that they could hear differences and see their grammatical error count go down in business letters. The author feels that the same material offered in a more informal fashion (small groups with a tape recorder) would achieve the same or better results, and could be adapted within a reorganized Business Speech class for other groups of nonstandard dialect speakers. (AMM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: San Bernardino City Unified School District, CA.