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Understanding English Language Variation in U. S. Schools



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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 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.

Author Biography

Anne H. 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). Visit the authors' professional development website at

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. vii
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Valuable Voicesp. 1
Language Variationp. 2
Language, Students, and Multicultural Educationp. 4
Who We Arep. 6
What Educators Want to Know About Language Variationp. 9
What is Standard English?p. 11
English Language Standardsp. 11
Teaching Language Standardsp. 12
Learning Language Standardsp. 14
Some Features of School Englishp. 21
The Privilege of Standardized Englishp. 35
Southern English: A Regional and Cultural Varietyp. 37
Defining the Southp. 38
Language Variation in the Southp. 39
Attitudes Toward Southern Englishp. 42
The Value of Southern Language and Culturep. 44
Features of Southern Englishp. 49
The Take-Away Messagep. 67
African American English: An Ethnic and Cultural Varietyp. 69
The History of African American Englishp. 70
Attitudes Toward African American Englishp. 72
The Value of African American Language and Culturep. 73
Features of African American Englishp. 79
The Take-Away Messagep. 109
Assessment and Applicationp. 110
Testing Specific Populationsp. 111
The Culture of Standardized Testsp. 117
The Language of Standardized Testsp. 120
Other Types of Assessmentp. 137
Language-Centered Action Plans for Educatorsp. 139
Conclusionp. 140
Afterwordp. 143
Referencesp. 145
About the Authorsp. 161
Indexp. 163
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