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ERIC Number: ED182999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Reading and Dialect Differences. Dialects and Educational Equity.
Wolfram, Walt; And Others
The relationship between nonstandard dialects of English and the reading process is addressed in this booklet, designed for use by reading practitioners and other educators. The main questions are treated in connection with: (1) language difference and reading; (2) approaches to reading and dialect differences; (3) reading materials and dialect differences; and (4) reading tests and dialect differences. Some of the specific issues treated are: (1) the possibility of predicting reading problems; (2) the relationship between lack of proficiency in spoken language and difficulty in learning to read; (3) the problem of differences between the dialect of the student and that of the reading materials; (4) the connection between comprehension problems and effective methods; (5) the question of alternatives to conventional reading texts; (6) reading failure among nonstandard English speakers in connection with choice of reading materials; (7) detecting the cause of "incorrect" responses on standardized tests; and (8) the use of other testing techniques. A list of references is included. (Author/AMH)
Descriptors: Dialects, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Attitudes, Language Patterns, Language Skills, Language Usage, Language Variation, Nonstandard Dialects, North American English, Reading, Reading Comprehension, Reading Development, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Regional Dialects, Social Dialects, Sociolinguistics, Standard Spoken Usage, Standardized Tests, Test Bias
Center for Applied Linguistics, 1611 North Kent Street, Arlington, VA 22209 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Arlington, VA.
Note: For related documents, see FL 010 928-932