ERIC Number: ED172554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Linguistics and Counseling in the Freshman Composition Class. Lektos: Interdisciplinary Working Papers in Language Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 1.
The teaching of edited American English in a freshman composition course to remedial students and to students of English as a second language (ESL) is discussed. Edited American English (EAE) can be defined as the kind of standard written English that typically appears in textbooks, newspapers, and some periodicals. Remedial and ESL students need to learn the kind of English required in the academic environment and to understand why they need to learn it. They also need to feel good about themselves as language learners and as language users. A course designed to meet these needs includes the results of linguistic research and counseling. Information is presented on grammars and where they come from, dialectology, and sociolinguistics. Such exposure begins a process of consciousness-raising about language so that students become aware of what is expected of them linguistically. The importance of linguistic findings in the freshman composition class and the need for validation counseling as a way to help students gain a more positive view of themselves as language learners are discussed. (SW)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Course Descriptions, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Language Attitudes, Language Instruction, Language Research, Linguistic Theory, Nonstandard Dialects, North American English, Remedial Instruction, Second Language Learning, Self Concept, Self Evaluation, Standard Spoken Usage, Student Needs
University of Louisville, Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics, Room 214 Humanities, Louisville, Kentucky 40208
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics.