Exploring non-standard English amongst teenagers
Can GCSE students tell the difference between standard English grammar and colloquial language?
As featured in yesterday’s The Independent (28.09.10) Cambridge Assessment has looked at non-standard English amongst teenagers.
It found that overall teenagers’ recognition of non-standard English (NSE) and the ability to turn NSE into standard English was good. Girls scored slighter higher than boys and independent school students faired better than those from state schools.
English is a living language that is constantly evolving. It needs to be monitored and understood. Cambridge Assessment is especially interested in promoting language acquisition and tracing shifts in language precision of assessment.
You can also listen to Beth Black, Senior Research Officer at Cambridge Assessment, explain the findings of her research in an interview with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Drivetime Show.