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ERIC Number: ED070078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Pages: 15
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Speech Therapy and the Culturally Different Student.
Armstrong, Ann H.
Educators and psychologists whose concern is to understand why a student does not succeed in school have held the view that speakers of nonstandard English are either nonverbal and, if verbal, highly ungrammatical, or so verbally destitute as to impair intellectual functioning. Linguists, on the other hand, view the language of subculture groups as fully developed, highly structured, rule governed systems which are simply different from standard English. Given this latter view, the resulting conceptual model for the speech therapist should include an ability to diagnose the speech characteristics of culturally different students, an understanding of their cultural backgrounds, and instructional procedures which make maximal use of the student's first language. This latter view also holds significant implications for the field of speech pathology: (1) it would seem more logical to change the professional title "speech therapist" to "speech specialist" in order to de-emphasize the remediation bias the title now carries; (2) work needs to be relevant to the language of the community being served; (3) new approaches are needed for the training of students in speech pathology; and (4) a vigorous program of recruitment of people from culturally different backgrounds needs to be established. (HS)
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Note: Portions of this paper were presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Assn. (80th, Honolulu, September 1972)