Between Two Grammars builds on earlier works in the field of language learning and teaching and brings new ideas about language teaching in a Creole-speaking environment. Using Jamaica as the example, the history of education is examined with a view to explaining some of the current attitudes to schooling and the objections to accepting Jamaican Creole (Patois/Patwa) as a necessary part of the consciousness of the classroom teacher.
Constructed with an understanding of the unique requirements for language teaching in the Caribbean, whilst integrating theory and practice, Dr Byan’s recommendations in Between Two Grammars are the result of years of research within the fields of sociolinguistics, language education, Caribbean history and teacher education. Educators, whether in training or in practice; and Education policymakers will find Between Two Grammars not only an enriching presentation of the nature of language debates in the Caribbean but also an empowering tool for improved language teaching practice.
- Table of Contents
- Chapter 1. Characterising the Language Situation in Jamaica
- Chapter 2. Characterising the School Environment
- Chapter 3. Language Goals for the Caribbean
- Chapter 4. Methodology for Language Teaching in a Creole-speaking Environment
- Chapter 5. Making Language Visible: Language Awareness in a Creole-speaking Environment
- Chapter 6. Teaching Language as Communication
- Chapter 7. Using Literature in theLanguage Classroom
- Chapter 8. The Teacher Education Perspective