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ERIC Number: ED030094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Pages: 10
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Dialect Expansion: The College Level.
Preston, Dennis R.
Teachers with training in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) are often called upon to participate in programs to teach a standard English dialect to speakers of non-standard dialects ("dialect expansion"). A course outline is presented here which should respond to the needs of four groups: (1) college professors who recognize that their students use socially stigmatized forms of English not appropriate for university level work, (2) students who want to learn a standard form of English, (3) students with an intellectual curiosity about dialectology, and (4) students who question the necessity of learning an approved dialect but who want to investigate the relationship between their dialect and standard English. Such a course should not be a required or remedial course, but should be open to speakers of all dialects and offered for academic credit. The content of the course must both teach a dialect and teach about dialects. To teach about dialects the course should begin with background information about regional and social dialects. A second segment would offer linguistic fieldwork techniques. Students who wish an "intellectual" command of a dialect may be guided in classical styles of presenting dialect data. Students who want to master another dialect would be guided in language learning techniques and allowed to repeat the course. (JD)
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Note: Paper presented at the Third Annual TESOL Convention, Chicago, Illinois, March 5-8, 1969.