ERIC Number: ED169545
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Standard English Versus Dialects: Another View.
Wess, Robert C.
The dialect versus Standard English controversy continues in college composition courses. On the one hand, texts, handbooks, and workbooks usually emphasize Standard English while influential linguists point out the merits of dialectalism. One option for educators is to discuss alternatives in class. Students soon reject the extremes of eliminating dialect and eliminating Standard English, and the merits of bidialectalism and Standard English gain more consideration and general approval. The tension between professional directives and college/community expectations makes a further dilemma. One response is to stress bidialectalism using such techniques as oral pattern drills and planned speeches so that students may internalize the rules of the new dialect. That caters to the right of students to learn Standard English, a right that is future-oriented and prepares students to function after graduation in a social and economic world that may be very different from the one in which they grew up. Some oral techniques that are effective include oral presentations, using teacher composition models as the basis for class discussion, and personal conferences. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Southeastern Conference on English in the Two-Year College (14th, Orlando, Florida, February 8-10, 1979) ; Best copy available