Importance Of Dialect In Schools

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The issue of dialect and education and, in particular, what dialect is correct to use in the classroom has generated a debate in schools. “Linguistic research defines a dialect, or language variety, as a variety of a language that is associated with a particular regional or social group.” Contrary to popular belief, dialect is not a lesser or ungrammatical way of speaking. All dialects are logical even though they may vary in pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary (Godley, Sweetland, Wheeler, Minnici & Carpenter, 2006). Some people may say standard dialect is the only way, people may say that it’s best to welcome non-traditional dialects or, some think that having bi-dialectal classrooms is the best and benefits all students. Bi-dialectal means …show more content…
There is the approach to promote standard dialect and use that as the only way of teaching, there is the approach to appreciate both dialects and welcome them all into the classroom, then there is a bi-dialectal approach where you promote students original dialect and the standard. This enables a students to switch from original dialect to standard when needed. In order for this to be possible, the student must be aware of the situations that require the use of standard dialect, for example, academics or the workplace. The students also must be competent in both standard and their original dialect. The bi-dialectal approach receives the most academic interest in education today. Educators say that it is functional because it considers both dialects to be correct. It doesn’t promote one or the other, this approach shows respect to the student’s dialect. Giving a student respect regarding their culture and language will promote them to be respectful towards their educator. Bi-dialectal classrooms also attempt to give students competence with another dialect and most importantly, this approach doesn’t force a student to get rid of their original dialect (Strachan, 2010). A bi-dialectal approach does not force students to replace their original dialect with standard dialect, it more pushes standard to be a supplement to their original. In order for this approach to work, the student and educator must work together. Students must understand that their dialect is welcome but, also know that it is not standard. Educators need to be aware of cultural differences, then they will see better performance in their classrooms. Educators will be able to make tests and assignments responsive to the other dialects present in the classroom. Finding the things that ensure all students the best possible education will show the most

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