ERIC Number: ED067690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Language of Black Children in the Early Grades. Studies on Developing Competence in Standard English I.
Torrey, Jane W.
Since speaking a nonstandard dialect is hypothesized to perhaps put a child at a disadvantage in learning to read Standard English or in understanding material expressed in Standard English, the effect of Black English on performance of school tasks was tested in 27 second graders in a Harlem school. They were interviewed and tested to measure their competence in spontaneous speech, oral and written comprehension, oral reading and explicit grammatical knowledge in Standard English morphemes often missing in Black English. The data show large individual differences in ability to use standard forms and low but significant correlation between speech and reading performance. Instruction in use of the standard forms significantly influenced several performances. (Author/LH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Coll., New London. Dept. of Psychology.