ERIC Number: ED030101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Using Transformation Grammar Theory to Rebuild Language Confidence in Slow Learners in the Junior High School.
Midkiff; Don R.; Midkiff, Ronald
The 17 lessons in this book are based on transformational grammar theory, but they are not designed to teach grammar--not even transformational grammar theory. The authors have used them with students who speak a variety of non-standard English and who have previously been unsuccessful in English classes. These students would write little or nothing and disliked "English;" but the authors found the lessons useful in rebuilding the confidence of the students in their language. The students began to write and to write longer and longer passages in their own dialect. The first lesson consists of an informal class discussion on how children learn language, dialects, style levels, and word order. Other lessons cover word families and the transformations involved in noun modification, possessives, "yes-no" questions, and relative clauses. This project was funded Title III of the ESEA. (DO)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Environment, Educationally Disadvantaged, Grammar, Junior High School Students, Slow Learners, TENL, Transformational Generative Grammar
Linguistics Research and Demonstration Center, Rome City Schools, 307 East Third Avenue, Rome, Georgia 30161.
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rome City School System, GA. Linguistics Research and Demonstration Project.