Should We Teach Standard English

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Should We Teach Standard English

  1. 1. Should We Teach Standard English? By Hiroki Shimotori
  2. 2. Standard English? <ul><li>What is Standard English? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you define it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do some teachers believe Standard English should be spoken in class? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it affect students’ identities? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it right to teach standard English? </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ Black awareness movement” (STUDY I) <ul><li>Black teachers – tried not to speak Standard English to show their racial prides/identities </li></ul><ul><li>White teachers – did not correct their English believing that would be the way of respecting for Black students. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>As a result…. </li></ul><ul><li>Black children were not doing very good on the tests (The test was based on S.E.) </li></ul><ul><li>Schools didn’t realize it was from their miseducation of Black Children, but believed they were just ignorant. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Suggestions: <ul><li>Schools need to correct their English and teach Standard English. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid, correct them! </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  6. 6. “ Black awareness movement” (STUDY II) <ul><li>We do not have enough sensitivity about non-standard English. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone speaks dialects which influenced by age, education, social class, ethnic background, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Standard English is NOT “error” or “ignorance”, but still need to be taught from academic / economic reasons. (such as job interviews) </li></ul><ul><li>Correction could damage their emotions. </li></ul><ul><li>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!” </li></ul>
  7. 7. STUDY III (In 2001) <ul><li>Non-standard English is part of U.S. history. </li></ul><ul><li>They should not be embarrassed. </li></ul><ul><li>They should not be corrected. </li></ul><ul><li>They should be proud of their heritage. </li></ul><ul><li>How much S.E. has taken from B.E.? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Conclusion…. <ul><li>Standard English should be taught with respect their language, and understand their backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>Every student has a right to get the best education to be able to deal with adults, to be successful in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach S.E. from their level </li></ul>

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