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ERIC Number: ED105730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 6
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The Linguist and Teacher Training.
Pival, Jean G.
The growing demand on English departments for language-oriented courses for prospective teachers offers increased opportunities to the departmental linguist(s). English linguists possess a special expertise in language structure and analysis that gives them a unique advantage in designing and teaching such courses. A look at the training needs of teachers at all levels illustrates the contributions linguists can make. Language and reading courses for propsective elementary teachers should treat morphology and phonology, including suprasegmentals, with special emphasis on their relation to reading and spelling skills. Training for both elementary and secondary teachers should include dialectology; it will promote a positive attitude toward dialects and enable teachers to deal more intelligently with dialect interference in the classroom. Courses for secondary and college teachers should place heavy emphasis on transformational-generative grammar and should also include discourse analysis and the study of literary language, among other subjects. If linguists are successful in taking advantage of the opportunities discussed here, they will create a demand for other courses, which, in turn, will create a demand for more linguists to teach them. (KM)
Publication Type: Books
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