Understanding English language variation in U.S. schools

| February 16, 2011

Title: Understanding English language variation in U.S. schools

Author: Anne H. Charity Hudley and Christine Mallinson

Publisher: New York : Teachers College Press, c2011

Call no.: LB1576 .C4198 2011

From the Publisher: 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 varieties of 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. Featuring a narrative style with teaching strategies and discussion questions, this practical resource:

  • Provides a clear, introductory explanation of what is meant by non-standard English, from both linguistic and educational viewpoints.
  • Emphasizes what educators needs to know about language variation in and outside of the classroom.
  • Addresses the social factors accompanying English language variation and how those factors interact in real classrooms.

About the authors:

Anne Harper Charity Hudley is Assistant Professor of English, Linguistics, and Africana Studies at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Christine Mallinson is Assistant Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program and Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Maryland–Baltimore County (UMBC).

Christine Mallinson is Assistant Professor of Language, Literacy & Culture and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at UMBC. Her research connects issues of language, region, education, race/ethnicity, gender, and other social factors, especially as they face speakers of Southern English and African Ameriacn English.

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