ERIC Number: ED406846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Vernacular Dialects in U.S. Schools. ERIC Digest.
This digest discusses the different dialects children bring to the school environment and how U.S. schools deal with these differences. Reference is made to the Ann Arbor (Michigan) case in which a group of African-American parents sued the local school system on behalf of their children, claiming the school was denying their children equal educational opportunity because of their language background, and to the recent Oakland (California) school board decision on instruction of African-American vernacular dialect speakers. The digest discusses the consequences of dialect differences, debates "difference" versus "deficit," and offers guidelines for teaching a standard dialect. The final section describes how dialect study can be beneficial to students from all linguistic backgrounds and suggests that instead of seeing differences as barriers to overcome, they can provide fascinating topics for scientific study. (JL)
Descriptors: Black Dialects, Black Students, Dialects, Educational Policy, English, Guidelines, Language Arts, Standard Spoken Usage, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.