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ERIC Number: ED029281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-28
Pages: 17
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Sociolinguistic Implications for Educational Sequencing.
Wolfram, Walter A.
Although different philosophical and methodological approaches underlying materials for teaching Standard English (SE) to Black English (BE) speakers have now received some attention, one aspect of methodology for which there is no specific discussion is the order in which SE features should be presented. The author suggests and discusses five sociolinguistic factors that should be used as a basis for determining the most relevant order of lessons. Precedence should be given to (1) the most socially diagnostic variables, (2) the most general rules, (3) grammatical variables over phonological variables, (4) speech patterns of general social significance over those of only regional significance, and (5) the most frequently occurring items. When determining the order of lessons, each BE feature must be considered in terms of the total configuration of sociolinguistic principles. The author views the determination of order in terms of a sociolinguistic matrix, which he presents. (DO)
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