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ERIC Number: ED432770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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To Teach Usage or Not: A False Dichotomy.
Fowler, Elaine Danielson
Rather than dismiss teaching English usage or embrace it without question, elementary teachers need to make usage instruction meaningful and motivating and present it in a nonthreatening yet systematic manner. The teacher must become familiar with his/her particular language community by listening to students and noting the forms they are using. The instructional goal later will be to teach toward a "limited" number of items exhibited by most of the class, those not attributable to the normal process of language acquisition (maturity) or to interference (in the case of bilingual students). Instruction should be concerned with those word choices which distinguish standard English from nonstandard dialects. Usage choices should be appropriate to the speaker/writer's purposes and appropriate to the context. Classroom games can be used to teach usage forms in a positive way in elementary and middle schools so that students can develop better communication skills. Eight games that can be used to teach usage forms in a positive, nonthreatening way in elementary and middle schools are described. (Contains 16 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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