ERIC Number: ED456674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching about Dialects. ERIC Digest.
The study of dialects offers a fascinating approach to learning about language. By learning about how language varies geographically and socially, students will come to understand that language changes over time, and that language use is linked to social identity. Language variation, or dialect diversity, reflects the fact that languages change over time and that people who live in the same geographical area or maintain the same social identity share language norms. Although dialects differ geographically and socially, no dialect is better structurally than another. While many people believe there to be only one correct form of a language, what is standard actually varies from dialect to dialect. If people have a better understanding of how language works, they would probably be less inclined to make negative judgments about speakers of different dialects. This digest addresses some of the difficulties teachers may encounter in teaching about dialects and provides several activities for helping students learn more about language and understand that language variation is a natural phenomenon. (VWL)
Descriptors: Dialects, English, Language Patterns, Language Variation, Learning Activities, 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.