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Add Standard English
as a Second Dialect
to Your Talking Style

A per-student classroom or self-help text, accompanied by 5 CDs. The Text/CDS set is encased in an attractive, sturdy and convenient vinyl album. For Middle School, High School, University and Continuing Education Classes in a variety of settings. This set is also used in small group and private instructional settings.


Teach Oral and Written
Standard English as a
Second Dialect to English-
Speaking Students 

Includes 95 SchoolTalk / FriendTalk scripted lessons, which help to improve reading, writing and standardized test scores. An order also includes one complimentary Write Standard, Too student journal.


SchoolTalk / FriendTalk
Writing Journal

Per student writing journals,
with cued pages 
that accompany and implement 
all of the writing lessons in 
SchoolTalk / FriendTalk

Children love having their own journals! Sold in a 10-pack.


Teachers' Manuals, Books & CDs
All of our materials "start with speech," because Nonstandard English-speaking children and adults tend to read, write and test the way they speak - just like Standard English-speakers.

Our Books and Accompanying CDs teach Nonstandard English-speaking children and adults to use Standard English for speaking, reading, writing and standardized test-taking in school, the workplace and whenever else it is more advantageous to do so.  

We always start the Standard English-acquisition process with speech, because c
hildren and adults tend to read, write and test the way they speak.

Our materials are bi-dialectal, which means that students and self-help individuals learn 
to switch situationally between their first speaking styles and the newly acquired standard style, using whichever dialect is more appropriate, comfortable or advantageous at any given time. 

Books and CDs
Speak Standard, Too (SST) is an innovative Standard English-acquisition program. Its text and 5 CDs are used nationally as a per student set, a teacher-resource and/or an adult self-help program for learning oral and written Standard English as a second dialect.  The Speak Standard, Too Text/CDs Set  is appropriate and designed for Nonstandard English-speaking students in middle school, high school, college radio/tv classes, continuing education, tutoring and outreach programs, juvenile and prisoner-education programs and corporate training classes. 

Speak Standard, Too teaches students to master oral Standard English grammar and pronunciation - rule by rule and lesson by lesson. Subsequently, students learn how to monitor themselves as they switch situationally between their first speaking styles and the new standard dialect. 

The Different, Not Deficient Program Premise
is always kept in mind as instructors teach in terms of same and different - not right or wrong. Each page on this site - including the Blog: Harriet vs CELF-4 - illustrates how important it is for classroom teachers and administrators to understand the linguistic truths about Nonstandard English dialects, and to implement those concepts in their classrooms with appropriate materials and methods. 

Students or adults whose Nonstandard English-speaking styles contain grammatical and/or pronunciation dialectal differences like Appalachian English, African American English Vernacular (more casually referred to as Black English or Ebonics), Native American-English like Navajo-English, foreign-accented English or American regional/neighborhood dialects like Brooklynese all benefit from using SST Text/CDs program.

The text is divided into Pronunciation Differences and Grammatical Differences.  The Pronunciation Section focuses on consonant clusters, consonant sounds, vowel sounds and word-pronunciation differences. The Grammatical Section contains more than 25 lessons - from use of "ain't" to omission of "is" to standard past participle usage.

In order to teach mastery through practice, SST contains more than 180 drills, exercises and stories, all of which contrast standard pronunciation and grammatical features with their most common nonstandard equivalents.

The accompanying 5 CDs guide students through all of the text's pronunciation lessons and those grammatical differences that influence - or are influenced by - pronunciation differences. All of these oral/auditory lessons include time for the student-listener to imitate and practice the target pronunciations or grammatical rules. Lesson page numbers in the text are listed and tracked on each CD. The set - text and 5 CDs - is enclosed in a convenient, attractive and protective vinyl album. 

Try out some Sample SST/TST Lessons and
Sample SST AUDIO Lessons. If you have questions or concerns, call 773.528.6200 - or - email - we always welcome your calls.  

We "start with speech," because both Standard and Nonstandard English-speakers tend to read, write and test the way they speak.

Teach Standard, Too (TST)

is a 520-page teacher's manual comprised of two courses. Each course teaches Nonstandard English-speaking students to acquire and master oral and written Standard English, regardless of their age, race, ethnicity or dialectal/foreign language backgrounds.  The manual's first course - SchoolTalk / FriendTalk (ST/FT) - is comprised of 95 scripted lessons for teaching K-12 (and adult) Nonstandard English-speakers to acquire and master oral and written Standard English.  

All of the lessons are introduced and conducted orally to the entire class, and take the students through the five-step, bi-dialectic process of systematically acquiring oral Standard English pronunciation and grammar - rule by rule. 

Teach Standard, Too's second course is comprised of four chapters in the manual's Appendix.  These scripted sections offer an individualized curriculum - in contrast with ST/FT's classwide approach - for teaching oral Standard English-acquisition to older students - high school through college and in a variety of settings for continuing education adult students. 

SchoolTalk / FriendTalk 
is one of two courses that are offered in Teach Standard, Too and the real heart of the manual. ST/FT is an oral Standard English-acquisition course for English-speaking children and adults who demonstrate dialectal differences in their speech and writing.  The 95 scripted lessons in this course all follow the bi-dialectal approach and our five-step methodology.

ST/FT was written so that children and adults, who speak nonstandard styles of English, can master and switch into oral and written Standard English when the circumstances - like school, job interviews and the workplace - call for that dialect.

Students, who may speak Appalachian English, a variety of Native American-English dialects, foreign language-influenced English, or a variety of African American English, or Brooklynese can all learn to speak, write, read and test in Standard English within a respectful, linguistically-based and systematic curriculum. 

In addition, and perhaps most importantly, children learn that the Nonstandard English dialects they speak are different, not deficient.

Systematic acquisition and mastery of Standard English allow children to compete and perform in school in a manner that is commensurate with their true intelligence, talent and potential. The content of the ST/FT lessons emphasizes how and when the grammar and pronunciation of oral Standard English - School Talk - differs from the students' various vernacular English dialects - Friend Talk.

The goal of the course is to encourage conscious contrast between the standard and nonstandard styles of English.  Students learn: how their dialects' rules differ from the standard dialect's rules; to produce and practice school talk; and to switch situationally between school talk and friend talk.

When you use SchoolTalk / FriendTalk:  You will not have to design lesson plans!
Each lesson provides you with a clear statement of the goals, the methods you will use to reach those goals and the materials you will need to implement the goals – usually just the manual, a flip chart or your chalk/oil board will suffice.

You will not have to deliberate about what verbal strategies you should use! 
Each lesson provides you with detailed scripts – presented in large-print italics – so that they are easy to read while the manual rests on your lap.

You will not have to worry about which teaching techniques you should use!

Each lesson contains precise descriptions of how to implement the various activities - practice drills, skits, games and songs.  These directions are printed in regular type, easily differentiated from the italicized scripts that you read to the students.

You will not have to think up activities! 
Each lesson contains a variety of conversationally-based activities for practice and mastery.  In addition, each lesson’s activities are easily applicable to all of the other lessons, and refers you to related lessons in the TST manual, WST journal and SST text/CDs set.

You will not have to worry if your class is made up of children who have different dialectal and/or foreign language backgrounds!
Each lesson begins with a section entitled, Difference, which describes most of the variances from that lesson’s grammatical feature that you are likely to confront in your classroom, regardless of your students' dialectal or foreign-language backgrounds.

You will not have to plan related writing lessons!
After the students master a new standard rule, the writing lessons - which coordinate with the accompanying Write Standard, Too (WST) student journals - teach the children how to translate the new oral rule into writing and reading. A description of WST follows this section.

             SchoolTalk / FriendTalk
is Divided into Twelve Units  

Unit 1 contains an introductory lesson, which sets forth the different, not deficient premise and the bi-dialectal method of adding a new talking style without losing the first style.

Units 2 through 11 contain scripted lessons which follow the five-step method as they teach oral and written acquisition of standard English grammatical features.  The scripts heighten awareness of more than 85 dialectal differences such as: omission of is; omission of s-endings; omission of ed-endings; issues regarding “negation” such as ain’t and double (emphatic) negatives.  

Unit 12 focuses on pronunciation differences, particularly those differences which influence grammar and spelling, such as: ax / ask; reduction of final consonant clusters - las / last or miss / missed; omission of (r) and (er) .

Try out a Sample SST/TST Lesson and Sample SST AUDIO Lessons.  And, for more information, we welcome your calls at 773.528.6200 - or - your email to

If Nonstandard English-speakers first master Standard English grammar rules in their speech, translating those rules into writing is a more natural and effortless procedure.

Write Standard, Too is a per student journal, which coordinates with SchoolTalk / FriendTalk's writing lessons. It is designed to help students translate a newly-mastered oral grammatical rule into writing and reading.

The soft-cover journals contain lined pages with printed page numbers that refer to the associated writing lessons in the ST/FT grammar units. After students master a Standard English grammatical rule, the writing lessons help them translate the new talking rule into writing and oral/silent reading.

Each writing lesson follows the same five-step method that the oral lessons use, and they are similarly scripted.  As the students go through the "conscious contrast" progression, they learn to recognize when they have written lesson-related sentences in friend talk and how to switch them into the equivalent school talk sentences.  

Once you become familiar with the teaching techniques and progression, you can use a writing lesson with any ST/FT lesson, whether or not it contains one.  For this reason, some of the WST journal pages have no preprinted page references. In addition, you can use unnumbered pages for your own writing lessons, or when students just feel like doing independent writing.

Students like having journals that "match" their teacher's manual. They also like the special place on the back cover for their names, grade, school and teacher's name.


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