ERIC Number: ED038634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Role Playing: Rehearsal for Language Change.
Salisbury, Lee H.
Although many would like to see the monolithic structure of society altered to allow cultural pluralism to flourish, it should be realized that for at least the next generation, large segments of minority citizens will remain in a socially and economically disadvantaged status, penalized because their life styles and languages differ from the Establishment norm. ESL (English as a Second Language) and ESD(English as a Standard Dialect) teachers have practical reasons for attempting to broaden the linguistic repertoire of their students: they will have greater social acceptance and mobility, a broader range of options, and greater ability to compete on an equal footing with other members of the mainstream society. However, for many students, long-term goals and such middle class rewards as academic grades, teacher approval or parental support seem ineffective motivation. While the author does not suggest that role playing and sociodrama should replace patterned language drill, he stresses that language, to be usable, must be spontaneous in a specific situational context, and vary in style from context to context. As natural behavior, role playing can provide the bridge between classroom drill and real life. Some Eskimo and Hawaiian classes are described. (AMM)
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Identifiers: Hawaiian Creole English
Note: Paper given at the fourth annual TESOL Convention, San Francisco, California, March 18-21, 1970