ERIC Number: ED106874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Threat to the Black Dialect: An Approach That Works.
Ginn, Doris O.
It is argued in this paper that teachers must develop an awareness of the historical implications of the black dialect. A sample in-class composition written in black dialect is quoted in its entirety and analyzed, and a personal writing approach is described. The first part of the approach deals with structure, and a linguistic method is used for teaching the form classes of noun, verb, adjective, and adverb. The second part of the approach is the cognitive framework for stages of development in concept formation, interpretation of data, and the application of principles. In the third part of this approach, students are sectioned into individualized groups of five in which they exchange themes and related materials, becoming critics of features and structures not yet overcome by fellow classmates. It is concluded that this approach allows students psychological freedom in usage and gives meaning to their cultural identity and cultural experiences. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Convention (9th, Los Angeles, March 4-9, 1975)