Charles Darwin University

CDU eSpace
Institutional Repository

CDU Staff and Student only

Multivarietal language teaching

Black, Paul and Goebel, Zane (2004). Multivarietal language teaching. Jimmon Shakai Kagaku Kenkyuu / Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (Waseda University, Tokyo),(44):93-102.

Document type: Journal Article
Citation counts: Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your CDU eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
Download this reading Black_42530.pdf Accepted version application/pdf 174.80KB 112
Reading the attached file works best in Firefox, Chrome and IE 9 or later.

Title Multivarietal language teaching
Author Black, Paul
Goebel, Zane
Journal Name Jimmon Shakai Kagaku Kenkyuu / Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (Waseda University, Tokyo)
Publication Date 2004
Issue Number 44
ISSN 0288-2779   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 93
End Page 102
Total Pages 10
Language English
Field of Research 130207 - LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Māori)
Abstract Dialectal variation has often been ignored in the literature on language teaching, under the presumption that only the standard variety (of some particular country) need be taught. The present paper begins by reviewing a small but growing body of literature that stresses the importance of familiarizing language learners with the sorts of dialectal variation that they are likely to encounter as they come to use the language, just as first-language speakers do. It then goes on to describe research in Indonesia that suggests that it is important for learners to appreciate not merely dialectal variation, but even choices between distinct languages in that situation. The paper then considers how familiarizing students with such variety — we’ll call it “multivarietal teaching” — might actually be implemented by individual teachers who are typically fluent in only a single dialect, whether or not additional languages.
Keywords language variety
language teaching
Indonesian language

© copyright

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in CDU eSpace. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact

Version Filter Type
Access Statistics: 49 Abstract Views, 113 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Thu, 11 Dec 2014, 11:36:28 CST by Paul Black