ERIC Number: ED272628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Language Teachers in the Quest for Educational Excellence.
Webber, Kikanza Nuri
Excellence through Equity, v2 n1 p15-19 Fall 1985
Those who teach language arts to black children have many opportunities and face many challenges as they work to help Afro-American children learn standard English. Among the opportunities are: (1) to help black students retain the ways of using language that are unique to their culture, while at the same time helping them to acquire the language of instruction and political power, standard English; (2) to take on a more political role in order to gain support for Standard English as a Second Dialect programs; (3) to develop training programs to help instructors understand Afro-American language from both linguistic and cultural perspectives, and to learn techniques for supplementing this native dialect with standard English skills; (4) to refine strategies and techniques for teaching oral language and composition skills; and (5) to improve attitudes towards linguistic differences. Major challenges include: (1) avoiding the temptation to support the institutionalization of Black English without teaching black students how to use standard English; (2) providing substantive training for teachers, which includes knowledge of language acquisition, oral language drills, and knowing how to identify and remedy miscues in writing and reading caused by the interference of Black English; and (3) applying the vast and growing body of research on Black English to the teaching of language. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Los Angeles.