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ERIC Number: EJ1131441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1046-3364
Teaching Difficult Material: Lessons on Linguistic (In)tolerance
Behrens, Susan
Research & Teaching in Developmental Education, v33 n1 p61-69 Fall 2016
One of the tenets of linguistics is that all language forms are equal, communicatively capable, and worthy of respect. Given this premise of equality, what does one make of "Standard English (SE), the dialect elevated above others in the American school system, the dialect that students most likely consider "correct" and "proper." In this article, the author reports on the need to "unpack student's reactions" and how she managed to do this during a year-long fellowship program. Working with peers, an exploration was begun for possible causes of poor student performance on the standard/non-standard dialect units project. The author reached the conclusion that creating more opportunities to learn about students' prior knowledge and redesigning course material had opened the door of understanding that students bring to learning and "their" need to challenge language assumptions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
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