ERIC Number: ED065892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Reference Count: 0
Targeted Communications: Teaching a Standard English to Speakers of Other Dialects. Final Report.
Hess, Karen M.
This project was designed to provide current, educationally and linguistically sound information for the audiences involved in teaching a standard English to speakers of other dialects, specifically teachers, administrators, and textbook publishers. Three basic steps were followed in developing the targeted communications products: (1) the needs of the audiences were identified; representatives of each audience were involved in content selection and media development; (2) revelant research and related information were collected, analyzed, evaluated, interpreted, and synthesized; and (3) products designed to meet the information needs of each specific audience were developed, tested, and revised. Both the literature review and contact with members of the targeted audiences revealed that misconceptions about nonstandard dialects are widespread in schools. Persons unaware of the linguistic research often consider a nonstandard speaker to be ignorant or lazy. The resulting damage to the nonstandard speaker may be profound. The disseminated information resulting from this project should help to overcome the questionable and often damaging attitudes and practices characteristic of current approaches to English usage. The critical need that teachers, administrators, and textbook publishers be aware of linguistic findings regarding dialect and dialect learning should be partially met by the dissemination of the products developed on this project. (Author)
Descriptors: Administrators, College Faculty, Educational Media, Elementary School Teachers, English Curriculum, Information Dissemination, Linguistics, Material Development, Multimedia Instruction, Nonstandard Dialects, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Secondary School Teachers, Standard Spoken Usage, Textbook Standards
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Ann, MO.