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by Walt Wolfram

This book describes dialect differences in American English and their impact on education and everyday life. This resource is intended for use by teacher interns and practicing teachers in elementary and secondary education, specialists in reading and writing, speech/language pathologists, and special education teachers. In most of these fields, information about dialects is considered to be an important part of professional preparation, but until now, there has been no text specifically designed to address this need. Practitioners and students of education will find this volume indispensable to understanding the central principles of dialect diversity and to addressing dialect differences in instruction.
Download Dialects in Schools and Communities epub
ISBN: 080582863X
ISBN13: 978-0805828634
Category: Education
Subcategory: Schools & Teaching
Author: Walt Wolfram
Language: English
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 3, 1999)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1114 kb
FB2 size: 1517 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 780
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For persons unfamiliar with the jargon of linguistics and the sociolinguistic affects of language, this book is an excellent introduction. The addition of a glossary would have been an enhancement. The first five chapters were especially valuable for orientation while the later chapters dwelt more on the actual American English parts of speach. I would recommend this book as a text as well as a useful adjunct reference.
This book is an excellent introduction to the problems ESOL teachers have with the newer waves of immigrants from other English-speaking countries. Though the book concentrates on U.S. -- mostly African-American-- dialect differences, it could also be used as a starting point for creating policies for Caribbean and African students who speak other dialects or creoles, who are not intelligible to American teachers, yet who don't need ESOL classes. The next step would be to examine these newer populations and figure out what kind of classes they DO need. Highly recommended.