ERIC Number: ED222912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Language Skills in the Classroom. What Research Says to the Teacher.
Cooper, Pamela; Stewart, Lea
To provide classroom teachers with an understanding of some of the properties of language and of their effects on classroom interaction, this booklet reviews research in the area and offers teaching suggestions based upon that research. The first section of the booklet presents an overview of the American idea of language "correctness" and its origins and discusses the problems of trying to define "good usage." The second section examines how teachers influence children's learning of language through their own usage, their leadership patterns, their feedback, and their expectations. The third section deals with language acquisition, examining in turn the phonology, syntax, semantics, and social usage of language. The fourth section examines some of the teacher attitudes that foster students' linguistic development and outlines several activities that can be used to enhance language acquisition. The final section discusses ways that teachers can help older students develop skilled use of language and reviews the debate over nonstandard speech. (FL)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback, Grammar, Interaction, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Language Skills, Language Usage, Learning Activities, Nonstandard Dialects, Student Teacher Relationship
National Education Association, Order Department, The Academic Building, Saw Mill Rd., West Haven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 1056-6-00, $2.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.