ERIC Number: ED397686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Language in the Classroom. Occasional Papers Number 2.
Barnes, Douglas; And Others
Three chapters discuss language usage in the classroom: "Language in the Classroom" (Jack Thomson); "Directions for Research into Classroom Communication" (Douglas Barnes); and "Teachers' Attitudes to Usage" (Ken Watson). The first article discusses how students view their classroom, with actual examples from a newspaper survey. Various teaching styles are discussed, and samples are given from a class writing project in which the teacher served as the examining audience. The second article offers alternatives, based on actual experience, for conducting research on classroom communication and learning, specifically related to the learner's access to knowledge and writing assignments. Teachers are advised not to draw the writing boundary so tight that students cannot express their personal cognitive and affective growth. The third article presents results from a teacher survey concerning teacher attitudes on language usage. A 25-item survey was given to 66 teachers from 8 New South Wales, Australia high schools; 12 English teachers also completed the survey. Findings suggest that, in contrast to the English teachers, most teachers attempt to eradicate nonstandard dialect usage in the classroom. It is recommended that children should be allowed to use nonstandard speech forms, at least in informal speech situations; teachers should offer more linguistic options rather than stifle already existing ones. (Contains 11 references.) (NAV)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Research, Cognitive Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Language Usage, Learning Strategies, Nonstandard Dialects, Research Methodology, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Styles, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, Centre for Language Learning and Teaching, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, 4350, Australia.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Applied Linguistics Association of Australia.