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ERIC Number: ED073477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 157
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An Assessment of Two Curriculum Strategies for Increasing Bidialectal Proficiency of Speakers of Non-Standard Dialect in the Fifth Grade in the New York Metropolitan Area.
Mantell, Arlene Lois
Two curriculum strategies were implemented and assessed in an effort to increase the bidialectal proficiency of fifth grade speakers of nonstandard Negro dialect. It was hypothesized that (1) children exposed to the curriculum strategies will show increased proficiency in their use of standard English; (2) children thus exposed will maintain proficiency in their use of nonstandard Negro dialect; and (3) children in low, medium, and high proficiency groups will increase in bidialectalism differently. The experimental group was exposed to the curriculum strategies for a 30 minute period 3 times a week for 14 weeks; the control group received regular instruction. All children received the Education Study Center Bidialectal Task for Determining Language in Economically Disadvantaged Children and the Test of Language Judgment. No significant differences between groups were found on either portion of the Bidialectual Task test; however, differences were found on the Test of Language Judgment. It was concluded that the curriculum strategies did not increase the number of standard English rules available to the nonstandard dialect speaker and that the ability to choose appropriate language may not be dependent upon the number of rules (standard or nonstandard) included in the speaker's language system. (Author/HS)
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