ERIC Number: ED373354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Sociolinguistics in the Classroom.
Dumas, Bethany K.
The application of sociolinguistic principles should be the concern of every professional person who has any control over what goes on inside a classroom, particularly the teacher, who has the most regular, if not the closest contact with the student. It sometimes seems, however, that in their approach to multidialects in the classroom, teachers take one step forward only to take two steps back. In South Texas a real provincialism exists among Anglos about learning Spanish, even though Spanish-speaking children are in the majority in the classroom. By the time Anglo students reach the sixth grade, and their parents see the wisdom of their learning a foreign language, they usually are taught the one variety of Spanish most useless to them--Castilian, rather than the popular variety. No one is advocating the cessation of teaching standard English to all students, but in the Southwest it is impossible to separate the question of multidialects from bilingual or even trilingual situations. In college classes, the teacher should consider herself a model not of "correct" English or of the "prestige dialect" but of linguistic versatility. All teachers, not just those in Freshman English, should be aware of the implications of sociolinguistic research. And the single change in the education system that would do the most good would be for every prospective teacher to have a sound course in sociolinguistics. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Chicanas; Chicanos; Professional Concerns; Texas (South)
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