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Should We Teach Standard English



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  • 1. Should We Teach Standard English? By Hiroki Shimotori
  • 2. Standard English?
    • What is Standard English?
    • How do you define it?
    • Why do some teachers believe Standard English should be spoken in class?
    • Does it affect students’ identities?
    • Is it right to teach standard English?
  • 3. “ Black awareness movement” (STUDY I)
    • Black teachers – tried not to speak Standard English to show their racial prides/identities
    • White teachers – did not correct their English believing that would be the way of respecting for Black students.
  • 4.
    • As a result….
    • Black children were not doing very good on the tests (The test was based on S.E.)
    • Schools didn’t realize it was from their miseducation of Black Children, but believed they were just ignorant.
  • 5. Suggestions:
    • Schools need to correct their English and teach Standard English.
    • Children expect us to teach Standard English – Children who graduate without mastering S.E. wouldn’t get good jobs – take it out on society – society ends up paying for the free law, drug clinic, etc.
    • Don’t be afraid, correct them!
    • They are capable of mastering Standard English. We know there are black ppl out there who are uneducated coming from poverty and still mastered S.E.
  • 6. “ Black awareness movement” (STUDY II)
    • We do not have enough sensitivity about non-standard English.
    • Everyone speaks dialects which influenced by age, education, social class, ethnic background, etc.
    • Non-Standard English is NOT “error” or “ignorance”, but still need to be taught from academic / economic reasons. (such as job interviews)
    • Correction could damage their emotions.
    • Contrast non-standard with standard telling them S.E. can be an option in the different contexts, rather than telling them “That’s bad English!”
  • 7. STUDY III (In 2001)
    • Non-standard English is part of U.S. history.
    • They should not be embarrassed.
    • They should not be corrected.
    • They should be proud of their heritage.
    • How much S.E. has taken from B.E.?
  • 8. Conclusion….
    • Standard English should be taught with respect their language, and understand their backgrounds
    • Every student has a right to get the best education to be able to deal with adults, to be successful in the world.
    • Teach S.E. from their level