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ERIC Number: ED038629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 7
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Reading the Language of Public Life.
Allen, Virginia F.
In this discussion of the reading problems of American Negro dialect speakers at intermediate grade level, the author uses the term "Public Language," because although it is not ideally satisfactory, it is free from the evaluative connotations of "Standard" English and directs attention away from distinctions of race or social class. Since the "Second Dialect" student's everyday speech is further removed than other dialects from the language of public life, his reading problems may best be solved by classroom activities that focus his attention on features that characterize the kind of English customarily presented to the public eye. The teacher should ask to what extent the student has (1) grasped the relationship between speech and writing in English, (2) developed decoding skills that enable him to recognize known words when he sees them, (3) adjusted to the many instances of mismatch between sounds and spelling, and (4) learned to compensate for the absence in print of aids to comprehension which are supplied by the voice in speech. Such questions, with answers in terms of classroom activities (illustrated briefly in this paper), deserve special attention when teachers help students read the language of public life. (AMM)
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Note: Paper given at the fourth annual TESOL Convention, San Francisco, California, March 18-21, 1970