ERIC Number: EJ856690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Powerful Words: Skillful and Sensitive Empowerment of Urban Undergraduate Pre-Service Teachers through Improvement of Standard English Usage
Morales, Erik E.
Educational Action Research, v17 n2 p311-325 Jun 2009
With the goal of assisting predominantly low-socio-economic status and minority undergraduate education majors to achieve necessary competence in the use of oral and written Standard English, an innovative action research initiative was incorporated into an introductory education class at a comprehensive urban university in the northeastern part of the United States. The project integrated written and oral Standard English exercises into the course's curriculum as a means of bolstering students' skills while still helping them master the course content. Preliminary results demonstrate students' improved competence in both written and oral Standard English, and an increased awareness of how and when to use various forms of English.
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, Undergraduate Study, Urban Areas, Economic Status, Action Research, Course Content, English, Empowerment, Minority Groups, Oral Language, Written Language, Introductory Courses, Metalinguistics, Preservice Teacher Education
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A