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Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools
In today's 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. T ...more
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published November 29th 2010 by Teachers College Press
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When I read this book, I learned the structure of the language variation spoken by many of my African American students. Now I understand reasons many students spell the way they do. I also learned strategies to address their errors and hope to positively approach students with corrections in the future. Used as a staff development tool, the book would most benefit elementary and middle school teachers with blended school populations. Specifically, the section on pitch, intonation and volume rel ...more
not enough on Mexican American English or Chicano English... but has some good chapters on language variation and African American English/Black English...My graduate students love it because it is easy to read and has suggestions for teachers.
Anne Harper Charity Hudley is the Class of 1952 Associate Professor of Education, English, Linguistics, and Africana Studies at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She directs the William and Mary Scholars program. Her research and publications address the relationship between language variation and Pre K-16 educational practices and policies. Her publications appear in jour ...more