About this manual
This manual is designed for tutors working with adult learners of Caribbean
Creole heritage. It gives tutors historical and socio-cultural information on
the Caribbean. Many people make value judgements about a person on the basis of
how they speak English. This manual provides tutors with a framework for
looking at language in non-judgemental ways, and for viewing language as a
reflection of culture and history. In this context, it is hoped that the
content will dispel some of the negative myths about varieties of English.
This manual is divided into five sections: the first section looks at the history of the Caribbean; the second section examines the story of English and how it is used in different parts of the world; the third section looks at the development of Caribbean Creole English and the presence of other varieties of English; the fourth section discusses Caribbean oral tradition and its role and influence on Caribbean identity; and, section five describes the first steps in creating a model for tutoring Caribbean Creole English speakers.
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