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ERIC Number: ED040374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 15
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Experiment at Ector; An Oral English Program.
Riggs, Virginia
This experimental program in oral English at the Ector High School in Odessa, Texas is designed primarily to help the minority group, disadvantaged, high school student who is a potential dropout. During the three weeks of orientation, 97 students were introduced to the daily metropolitan newspaper which served as the stimulus material and were informed that in this non-traditional course they would be using office-type (IBM Executive Dictating) machines. During the fourth week, the rationale and objectives were explained. It was made clear that the degree of change in the students' speech would be limited to those deviations which actually constitute a handicap. All that is necessary to persuade a student to recognize and acknowledge that a problem exists is to have him recall the number of times he was asked to repeat what he had said because his listener failed to understand him. (The instructor must first create a climate of respect for the student's culture, however, or this may invite disaster by making the student defensive.) The course work progressed from writing everything down before dictating, to deliberating before responding, to spontaneous response. As specific deviations were identified, special drills were designed for practice in standard pronunciation. Each student recorded at least twice weekly for auditing with the instructor. Evaluation of the tapes showed "considerable progress." (AMM)
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