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ERIC Number: ED085801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 9
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Is Deprivation Linguistic? Suggested Changes for Teacher Training Programs Concerned with Black English.
Hopper, Robert
The approach to the study of black English usage that is based on a theory of linguistic differences between blacks and whites is inadequate, because it ignores the socioeconomic aspects of dialects. It does not resolve the problems that exist in schools for students who use black English regularly. The issue is made more complex since linguistics disagree about the nature of black English, who uses it, and the aims and strategies of instruction most suitable for those speakers. Teacher training programs should be based on a "social-contextual" approach to communication. Students should be taught to be eloquent in varied communication situations. Further, all speakers of English, in spite of wide varieties of dialect, share a basic common written language, and linguistic differences are a result of social and cultural differences in all segments of English-speaking societies. Teachers should seek understanding of the various backgrounds and value systems that form the contexts of individual communication situations. (RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (59th, New York City, November 8-11, 1973)