ERIC Number: ED111031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Dialectology and the Process of Discovery in the Classroom.
Billiard, Charles E.
This paper describes a graduate course for language arts teachers at Georgia State University in Atlanta, titled Social Dialects and Language Learning. Classroom procedures and activities in the course were organized into five cumulative, related phases to engage the teachers in useful fieldwork in order to achieve major objectives of the course. In the first phase of the work, teachers were asked to write a linguistic autobiography. The second phase of the work aimed at expanding the teachers' awareness of phonological, lexical, and grammatical contrasts in the idiolects of members of small groups formed in classes. The third phase was the preparation for the actual fieldwork, using a questionnaire as an instrument for investigating the language usage of others. The fourth phase involved the organization and management of language data for investigating the variation of language in several dimensions. The fifth phase involved speculation about the causes of language variation in terms of historical, social, and psychological factors. It is concluded that teachers showing respect for the speech of all students in their classes may provide an excellent way of combating language prejudice by affecting the attitudes of the next generation of adults. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on English Education (13th, Colorado Springs, March 20-22, 1975)