How Myths about Language Affect Education What Every Teacher Should Know

ISBN-10: 0472032879
ISBN-13: 9780472032877
Edition: 2008
Authors: David Johnson
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Book details

List price: $24.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 5/27/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Introduction
Myths About Language in General
Some languages and dialects are better than others
Grammar usage reflects a person's moral character
Languages and dialects are determined by race
Languages have one correct form, and this form should not change
Myths About First Language Acquisition
Parents teach children language, and children learn it through imitation
"Parentese" slows language development
Children benefit from having their language corrected
Television aids language development in children
Myths About Second Language Acquisition
Recent immigrants to the United States learn English more slowly than previous generations of immigrants
Young L2 learners should be completely immersed in English
Smart people are better second language learners
Grammar has no place in second language instruction
Listening and reading are the easiest skills to acquire in a second language
Myths About Language and Society
Some people do not speak in a dialect
Declaring English as the official language will unify the country
Television, movies, and the Internet are aiding in the disappearance of dialects
Myths About Language and Thinking
Language determines how we think
Politics, popular culture, and technology are corrupting English by limiting many traditional forms of English
Epilogue
References
Index

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