Speak Standard, Too Add Standard English As a Second Dialect to Your Talking Style

Speak Standard, Too Add Standard English As a Second Dialect to Your Talking Style
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  • ISBN-13: 9780963077806
  • ISBN: 0963077805
  • Publisher: Orchard Books, Incorporated


Berger, Mary I.


A nonjudgmental program for acquiring & teaching oral/written standard American English pronunciation & grammar, for speakers of nonstandard English dialects such as Black English, Brooklynese or other regional & foreign accents. It is a student text, teacher resource or self-help program. The author is a speech-language pathologist & college instructor who has worked with nonstandard English-speaking students & adults for 25 years. She uses the BI-DIALECTIC method that encourages acquisition of standard English in addition to, not instead of, a primary style; students learn to "switch" situationally from one dialect to the other. The book emphasizes that nonstandard dialects are different, not deficient; it contrasts speech equivalencies rather than corrections; instructors are encouraged to respect dialectic differences & not to teach in terms of right & wrong. The book has over 180 lessons on pronunciation & grammar & some linguistic information on the derivation of dialects. The program is used nationally in a variety of settings. A H.S. English Chair says, "It's an excellent book...invaluable in helping students to master standard English;" a Univ. Speech Dept. Chair writes that it's "...easy to apply, respectful, practical, motivating & user-friendly...I highly recommend it...;" & from HEARSAY, a speech journal: "Here is a needed, well-written, well-organized book for anyone trying to add standard English to his/her speaking repertoire. I endorse it whole-heartedly!" Call or write for info. or to order: ORCHARD BOOKS, INC., 2222 N. Orchard St., Chicago, IL 60614, 800-528-5244; FAX (312) 528-9481.Berger, Mary I. is the author of 'Speak Standard, Too Add Standard English As a Second Dialect to Your Talking Style' with ISBN 9780963077806 and ISBN 0963077805.

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