ERIC Number: ED135253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
British-Tradition English in the American University. Lektos: Interdisciplinary Working Papers in Language Sciences, Special Issue.
Dubois, Betty Lou
This paper describes the English language problems encountered by foreign students at New Mexico State University, students whose previous educational experiences have included extensive use of British English. Specifically dealt with are West African students having lived in a situation where "transplanted English" was introduced by administrators and military men, but did not succeed in eradicating the preexisting languages of the territories in question. Following a discussion of the historical and educational background of New Mexico State University, the foreign student background is described, and features that characterize the varieties of English spoken by these students are listed. Since few foreign students succeed in regular freshman English composition courses, the university has a special English program. Admission and placement of foreign students is discussed, and comparison is made with courses in Spanish for native Spanish-speaking Americans. Three basic needs are defined: (1) greater intelligibility in speech, (2) greater intelligibility in writing, and (3) a greater sociolinguistic range in terms of knowing the rules that govern interaction and conversation in American English. It is hoped that the existing English course for foreign students can be revised to meet these needs. (CLK)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Foreign Students, Higher Education, Language Attitudes, Language Instruction, Language of Instruction, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Language Styles, Language Variation, Morphology (Languages), North American English, Phonology, Pronunciation, Second Language Learning, Sociolinguistics, Universities, Vocabulary, Writing Skills
University of Louisville, Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics, Room 214 Humanities, Louisville, Ky. 40208
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics.
Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the Modern Language Association (New York, New York, December 26-30, 1976); for related documents, see FL 008 428-430