ERIC Number: ED248551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Helping School Paraprofessionals Develop Additional Communication Styles.
Alexander, Clara Franklin
In addition to providing a short history of the idea behind and duties of black paraprofessionals in the English classroom, this paper explains how a seven-week skills course was developed to help paraprofessionals develop the necessary Standard English writing and speaking skills, and details many of the excercises used in the course. The paper includes two complete sample reading assignments, a sample assignment to be completed by the paraprofessional, and a 16-item list of suggested writing activities that deal with educational and life situations the paraprofessional may face. The paper concludes that the major obstacle to be overcome in educating paraprofessionals is that of time spent learning and using the new dialect form when the community of the paraprofessional does not encourage it, and when the course and its opportunity for assistance in both speaking and writing lasts a limited time. It calls for concerned educators, linguists, and humanists to research ways of helping black dialect users become bidialectal. (The appendixes contain a speech evaluation sheet, a list of selected behavioral objectives in writing, and a writing assignment evaluation sheet.) (CRH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (35th, New York, NY, March 29-31, 1984).