ERIC Number: ED210128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Jul-18
Reference Count: N/A
A Bidialectal Approach: Strategies for Assimilating the Mainstream Dialect into the Non-mainstream Southern Mountain Dialect.
Damron, Shayla R.
Designed for the individualized instruction of non-mainstream (non-standard) dialect bearing students from middle school through secondary, this instructional packet attempts to develop flexibility in language whereby the dialect bearer will be able to assimilate the mainstream (standard) forms and phonology into his own idiolect without destroying his non-mainstream dialect. The packet stresses the value of oral work and repetition in producing this outcome. It is suggested that the teacher take an initial reading miscue inventory of a sample of each student's reading. The packet presents strategies and simple exercises for producing student awareness of dialectical miscues, for bridging the gap between mainstream and non-mainstream dialects, for encouraging standard usage of verb forms, and for using picture exercises to build up generalized conceptions about speech patterns. The desired end result is the reduction of any perceptual dysfunction created in the mismatch of the two dialects as they are perceived by the student, verbally and silently in materials. Included in the packet are picture exercises and pattern drills for individualized instruction. (CM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Berea Coll., KY.