Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools

Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools

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by Anne H. Charity Hudley, Christine Mallinson
     
 

In today's culturally diverse classrooms, students possess and use many culturally, ethnically, and regionally diverse English language varieties that may differ from standardized English. This book helps classroom teachers become attuned to these differences and offers practical strategies to support student achievement while fostering positive language attitudes

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In today's culturally diverse classrooms, students possess and use many culturally, ethnically, and regionally diverse English language varieties that may differ from standardized English. This book helps classroom teachers become attuned to these differences and offers practical strategies to support student achievement while fostering positive language attitudes in classrooms and beyond. The text contrasts standardized English with Southern, Appalachian, and African American English varieties, focusing on issues that are of everyday concern to those who are assessing the linguistic competence of students.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807751497
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
12/05/2010
Series:
Multicultural Education Series, #45
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Foreword William Labov xiii

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xix

1 Valuable Voices 1

Language Variation 2

Language, Students, and Multicultural Education 4

Who We Are 6

What Educators Want to Know About Language Variation 9

2 What is Standard English? 11

English Language Standards 11

Teaching Language Standards 12

Learning Language Standards 14

Some Features of School English 21

The Privilege of Standardized English 35

3 Southern English: A Regional and Cultural Variety 37

Defining the South 38

Language Variation in the South 39

Attitudes Toward Southern English 42

The Value of Southern Language and Culture 44

Features of Southern English 49

The Take-Away Message 67

4 African American English: An Ethnic and Cultural Variety 69

The History of African American English 70

Attitudes Toward African American English 72

The Value of African American Language and Culture 73

Features of African American English 79

The Take-Away Message 109

5 Assessment and Application 110

Testing Specific Populations 111

The Culture of Standardized Tests 117

The Language of Standardized Tests 120

Other Types of Assessment 137

Language-Centered Action Plans for Educators 139

Conclusion 140

Afterword Walt Wolfram 143

References 145

About the Authors 161

Index 163

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