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ERIC Number: ED067701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct-6
Pages: 73
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A Study of the Effectiveness of Linguistically Oriented Teaching Methods in Correcting Dialectally Derived Errors in the Writing of Black College Students. Final Report.
Hanners, LaVerne
A group of 46 students from a remedial English workshop at Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College were subjects in a study to determine whether linguistically oriented teaching methods more effectively corrected writing errors of black dialect speakers than traditional teaching methods (using "The MacMillan Handbook"). An effort was also made to validate a procedure for measuring the influence of a divergent dialect upon written free expression. Divided evenly into an experimental and control group, the students were required before and after the semester to write from dictation 50 sentences which contained 98 opportunities to make dialectally derived errors and to write a three page essay on a selected topic. Non-dialect and dialect errors were tabulated and between-group differences computed. Results indicated a mean reduction of six errors by experimental group students in free writing. They made 8.69 fewer errors per student in the dictated sentences, while the control group reduced the average number by only one. An appendix with a complete listing of errors, test sentences, questionnaires, syllabi for each group, and writing samples is included. (HS)
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