Dialect Diversity and ESOL

Myths on Dialect and ESOL

  • There is a monolithic standard English that can be taught in ESOL programs.
  • Most ESL students live in a homogeneous dialect setting.
  • Vernacular dialects are irrelevant to ESOL.
  • ESL learners are more tolerant of dialect diversity than native English speakers.
  • ESL programs have little to gain from incorporating programs about English dialects.