The Dialect Awareness study was designed to test whether children’s use of non-mainstream dialect is malleable. In this study,
students from 2nd through 4th grade have been randomly assigned to a business as usual control or one of two interventions. The
first teaches students to contrast home (dialect) and school (standard) grammar features. The other teachers them how to edit their
writing but does not contrast home and school English. Depending on the results of this basic study, the goal is to create and test a
dialect awareness treatment curriculum aimed to improve written language and reading awareness.