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We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom

We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom

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ISBN-13: 9780807754986
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 11/22/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Jacqueline Jones Royster vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Doing Language 1

What Secondary English Educators Want to Know About Language Variation 2

Who We Are 5

Our Goals for This Book 10

2 Language Varies 12

Linguistic Truth #1 Communication Occurs in Social Contexts 12

Linguistic Truth #2 Language Is Always Changing 21

Linguistic Truth #3 Language Differences Are Not Language Deficits 34

Supporting Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students 35

Conclusion 38

3 Language and Culture: Having Courageous Conversations 42

Language Is Culture, Culture Is Language 43

Communicative Burdens: A Cultural Challenge 45

Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Linguistic Agency 64

Conclusion 69

4 Language Variation in Literature 73

The Importance of Orality 74

Authorial Choice and Literary Voice 77

Becoming Language Investigators: Analyzing the Language of Literary Texts 99

Conclusion 103

5 Doing Language: The Transition to College and Beyond 104

Developing Students' Linguistic Agency 105

The Language at the Center of Our Narratives 120

Conclusion 133

References 135

Selected Literary Texts 147

Index 150

About the Authors 159

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