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ERIC Number: EJ843817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
"What Do We Do about Student Grammar--All Those Missing -'ed's' and -'s's'?" Using Comparison and Contrast to Teach Standard English in Dialectally Diverse Classrooms
Wheeler, Rebecca S.
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v5 n1 p16-33 May 2006
This paper explores the long and winding road to integrating linguistic approaches to vernacular dialects in the classroom. After exploring past roadblocks, the author shares vignettes and classroom practices of her collaborator, Rachel Swords, who has succeeded in bringing Contrastive Analysis and Code-switching to her second and third-grade students (children 7 and 8 years old) in urban Virginia, in the southeastern US. The author then shares principles that have allowed her to successfully defuse social and political concerns of principals, central school office administrators, teachers, students, parents, politicians and reporters, as she shows how to use tools of language and culture to teach Standard English in urban areas. (Contains 3 figures.)
Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research, University of Waikato. PB 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Tel: +64-7-858-5171; Fax: +64-7-838-4712; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia