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ERIC Number: ED038637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 8
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The Sociolinguistic Dimension of "Dormitory-English".
Dubin, Fraida
The sociolinguistic research described here was carried out in connection with the bilingual education program for Navajo children by Consultants in Teaching English (CITE) for the Navajo Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. CITE's first curriculum objective is to encourage children to learn to use three distinct media: the Navajo language; the teacher's English, or "classroom English"; and "dormitory English," considered an essential "means of survival for the entering, beginning student among his peer group." A second CITE objective is to teach "detachment" towards the Navajo and English languages, an area in which the teachers' attitudes toward aides and others in the school community who speak "dormitory English" were difficult to evaluate. A special listening test of teachers' reactions was devised and carried out; results showed that degree of linguistic deviation is judged in terms of degree of education, which in turn is linked to two important aspects of the teacher aide relationship: cooperation participation and honesty dependability. Based on the results of the listening test, educational planners will have to consider whether including lessons in the CITE program which single out a variety called "dormitory English" is too high a price to pay in terms of the possible negative effect it may have. (AMM)
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Identifiers: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Note: Paper given at the fourth annual TESOL Convention, San Francisco, California, March 18-21, 1970