Bryan, Beverley A
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Educational Studies; Faculty of Arts and Education
Investigating language in a Jamaican primary school: Perceptions and findings of a group of primary school teachers
Date of Publication
Addresses the concern that 'Creole linguistics... inform pedagogical practice' and that teachers be involved in that 'theorising'. Notes that sociolinguistic research in the Jamaican language situation has concluded that English is a language which is less and less widely used; however, this research has not filtered through to teachers 'even though there are implications for language educators operating in an environment where English is the official language and - notionally - the medium of instruction'. Argues that '[ i ]t is important... that such an awareness, of changing language use and description, becomes part of the knowledge base of classroom teachers charged with improving literacy in English, but operating with a view of the language situation uninformed by current findings'. Also reports on a small part of a research-based in-service teacher training programme that attempted to introduce some of these ideas from Creole linguistics to a group of Jamaican primary school teachers.....