Our Mission

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Learn or Teach Oral and Written Standard English as a 2nd English Dialect for Better Grades, Test Scores, Jobs and Pay.

Welcome, and thank you for visiting!  Our nationally-praised workshops, books and CDs teach Nonstandard English-speaking children and adults to become "Bi-Dialectic" (Bi-Dialectal): to master oral and written Standard English for school, standardized tests and work, and to "code-switch" back to their first speaking styles for whenever it would be more comfortable, appropriate or beneficial to do so. 

Research, experience and observation have consistently shown that Nonstandard English-speaking students earn better grades and higher test scores if their instructors learn how to systematically teach them to use oral and written Standard English in school. The same is true for adults in the workplace, who will receive longer interviews, better job offers, higher pay and more frequent promotions if they can use Standard English when interviewing and when on-the-job. 

Credible research has proven the validity of our Bi-Dialectal approach! For example:

A 2009 study from the University of Michigan concludes that when elementary school African American English-speaking students learn how to become bi-dialectic - how to code-switch into American Standard English - their Reading Achievement Test Scores increase in proportion to their dialect-shifting skills!


Learn more details about this study on the Educator/Parent Info page.


Our materials and methods START WITH SPEECH because most Nonstandard English-Speaking Children will Read, Write and Test the Way they Learned to Speak!
 
TEACH STANDARD, TOO: Teach Oral and Written Standard English as a Second Dialect to English-Speaking Students. Among many other teaching tools, TST has 95 Bi-Dialectal SCHOOLTALK / FRIENDTALK Scripted Lessons, which improve students' reading, writing and standardized test scores. One copy of the WRITE STANDARD, TOO Student Journal is also included.
$65.00
WRITE STANDARD, TOO: My SchoolTalk / FriendTalk Writing Journal. A per student journal, which accompanies TEACH STANDARD, TOO, and helps teachers to implement the writing lessons in the SCHOOLTALK / FRIENDTALK scripted course. The journals come in a 10-pack.
$50.00
SPEAK STANDARD, TOO TEXT/CDs SET: Add Standard English as a Second Dialect to Your Talking Style. A Bi-Dialectal Classroom or Self-Help Text, accompanied by 5 CDs. The set teaches situational mastery of switching between Nonstandard and Standard English pronunciation and grammar. A nationally praised program that is used in Middle School, High School, University and Continuing Education.
$75.00
Hundreds of thousands of intelligent students, whose first language is Nonstandard English, have been inappropriately referred, tested, labeled as language-delayed and placed in self-contained Special Education classes.

One example of how our methods and materials have helped children read, write and test in a manner which is commensurate with their real intelligence took place in Los Angeles at an  elementary school, which the LAUSD had labeled as "at risk." The faculty and principal of this K-5 school attended our two-day teacher-training workshop shortly before their school year started. Subsequently, they used the Teach Standard, Too manual's 95 SchoolTalk / FriendTalk
 scripted lessons at each grade level for the entire school year. In the spring, the principal reported a school-wide increase of thirty percentile points! This increase prevented any mislabeling and/or inappropriate special education placements. Click on the Educator/Parent Info page for details. 
                                                                                                             




Millions of Americans are Nonstandard English-speakers.

You or your students may have grown up speaking Appalachian English, or one of the many Native American dialects like Navajo-English, or one of the African American English dialects, or
 a specific neighborhood style like Brooklynese. Or, p
erhaps you or your students and their parents recently immigrated to America and speak English with a "foreign accent," using some of the pronunciations and grammatical forms that come from your first language.

All of these speaking styles are rule-governed, historical and derived from their primary languages. Unfortunately, most educators - including standardized test authors - have not been taught these linguistic truths. Consequently, regardless of the reason for their dialectal differences, millions of intelligent and talented Nonstandard English-speaking students and adults experience frustration and failure while trying to compete for good grades and test scores in school, or for promotions and better pay at work. 

Our materials and methods are designed to turn their frustrations and failures into satisfaction and success!  Thanks for your interest and we hope you enjoy the site!

Call 773.528.6200 - or - email mberger@orchardbooksinc.com