1st Edition

Teaching About Dialect Variations and Language in Secondary English Classrooms Power, Prestige, and Prejudice

By Michelle D. Devereaux Copyright 2015
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Standardized tests demand Standard English, but secondary students (grades 6-12) come to school speaking a variety of dialects and languages, thus creating a conflict between students’ language of nurture and the expectations of school. The purpose of this text is twofold: to explain and illustrate how language varieties function in the classroom and in students’ lives and to detail linguistically informed instructional strategies. Through anecdotes from the classroom, lesson plans, and accessible narrative, it introduces theory and clearly builds the bridge to daily classroom practices that respect students’ language varieties and use those varieties as strengths upon which secondary English teachers can build. The book explains how to teach about language variations and ideologies in the classroom; uses typically taught texts as models for exploring how power, society, and identity interact with language, literature, and students’ lives; connects the Common Core State Standards to the concepts presented; and offers strategies to teach the sense and structure of Standard English and other language variations, so that all students may add Standard English to their linguistic toolboxes.



    Chapter One: Introduction

    Chapter Two: Introduction to Language Ideologies
    Chapter Three: Language and Power
    Chapter Four: Language and Society
    Chapter Five: Language and Identity

    Chapter Six: Code-Switching
    Chapter Seven: Contrastive Analysis

    Chapter Eight: Putting It All Together: A Unit Plan


    Appendix A: Common Core State Standards
    Appendix B: Patterns in Dialects: African American English, Chicano English, and Southern English




    Michelle D. Devereaux is Assistant Professor of English and English Education, Kennesaw State University, USA.

    "This book introduces current and future teachers of secondary English to a revolutionary and linguistically sound approach to addressing dialect diversity in their classrooms, complete with detailed lesson plans and clear explanation of how the material fits the Common Core State Standards."

    Michael Shepherd, California State University, Fresno, USA

    "Devereaux conveys linguistically informed ideas about language in the classroom via practical, classroom-tested unit plans and lessons. She does more than pay lip service to language variation by demonstrating how language cannot and should not be moralized, revealing ways to empower students—not only linguistically but also academically and socially— and to truly celebrate linguistic diversity. With a foot in both the high school classroom and the university classroom, the author provides clear background information on language ideologies; by clearly explaining and situating these concepts, this book promises to transform how teachers approach language in our classrooms."

    Kristin Denham, Western Washington University, USA