ERIC Number: ED103857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
Reference Count: 0
Experimental Program in English for Black Americans, Report No. 5: Part 1, Report on Experimental Program in English for Black Americans; Part 2, Freshman English Applications of Current Research in Black English.
Scott, Charles T.; Angle, Burr
This paper is divided into two sections related to an experimental program in English for black Americans. The first section is a report describing the program. In 1969, approximately 150 black students from urban ghettos in the North and rural communities in the South were admitted to the University of Wisconsin under a special scholarship program. Students were given several tests, including the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency, and 12 of the lowest scorers volunteered for and were admitted into a special section of English 101 that used many of the methods developed for the Program in English for Foreign Students. Four initial curriculum accomplishments can be noted: classroom materials dealing with contrastive phonological features of black English and standard English were developed; an extensive "Bibliography of Black English" was constructed; a reference file of the items listed in the bibliography was compiled; and a course syllabus for this special course was completed. The second part of the paper describes the applications and effects of the course. The initial hypothesis that these students did not know standard English grammar, syntactic patterns, and pronunciation was disproved. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Dept. of English.