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ERIC Number: ED030091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Pages: 14
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Motivating Students for Second-Language and Second-Dialect Learning.
Brooks, Charlotte E.
Natural and honest ways must be found to motivate disadvantaged students for second-dialect and second-language learning. Young children, actors, and foreigners seem to learn new dialects and languages easily because they have a strong motivation as a part of their environments. In order to motivate students, we must take into consideration the two functions of language--revelation of the self and communication. Any motivation used with these learners must consider them as human beings who have already learned a first language that is a part of them, that defines them and communicates for them. Teachers need to be motivated to accept their students' first language or dialect, in both its verbal and non-verbal manifestations, and to expect success in learning another language or dialect. Once the teacher has communicated this acceptance and expectation to his students, he is ready to move on to specific varieties of motivation. The methods chosen must involve honesty on the part of the teacher and an attempt to recognize the students' culture. One suggestion in such a way that the learner feels that the dominant community and the teacher want to learn about him. The the learner is willing to accept and learn poems and stories in English or the standard dialect. (JD)
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Note: Paper presented at the Third Annual TESOL Convention, Chicago, Illinois, March 5-8, 1969.