Language Variation in the Classroom Summer workshop July 19th-23rd at Virginia Commonwealth University

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Tue Apr 6 18:40:28 UTC 2010

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Dear Colleagues,

We are teaching at VCU again this summer and we'd love your help in spreading the word to your colleagues about the workshop. An email message is posted below that you can feel free to send around and we've also attached an advertisement flyer. If you know of people that might be interested feel free to have them contact either of us to find out more.

Anne Charity Hudley & Christine Mallinson

 We are writing to let you know about a weeklong course at Virginia Commonwealth University this summer in the hopes that you or others that you or others you  know might be interested. 

 Language Variation in the Classroom: An Educator's Toolkit and is open to anyone interested in the practical implications of language variation in K-12 classrooms. The course will be held from 9-5 from July 19th-July 23rd 2010. The course counts towards Virginia teacher re-certification credit and for 3 graduate credits in Education at VCU, W&M, CNU. Credit for the course may be arranged at other colleges or universities as well. Accommodations are available for out of town participants and a discounted tuition rate is available for multiple participants coming from the same university or school district. We also welcome college faculty and students from any discipline.

        In the course, we will examine some of the major differences in the speech and writing of students who are speakers of Southern English and/or African-American English as well as students who are new learners of English. We will share assessment tools needed to recognize language variation and distinguish language diversity from student error in listening, reading, and writing in students of all ages. We will also explore other aspects of communication, such as word choice, slang, tone, silence, and loudness, and how variation in their use can affect learners in the classroom. We will demonstrate methods and activities that educators can use to address language variations in their students' speech and writing. We will practice strategies designed to help non-standardized English-speaking students approach reading and standardized test taking.

        Participants will develop a set of materials based on their new knowledge of language variation, including lesson plans and project plans that they can incorporate into their own classroom materials. The creation of teacher journals, lesson plans, project plans, and presentations will help educators develop their sociolinguistic knowledge and will serve as take-home materials that teachers can bring back to their classrooms and schools.

Information about the course may be found at: <> 

You may register online at: <> 

 Please pass the information on to others that may be interested in the course and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to email or call us.

Anne H. Charity Hudley & Christine Mallinson

Anne H. Charity Hudley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics
William and Mary Professor of Community Studies
Tucker Hall #209 office
Tucker Hall #208 Linguistics Lab
The College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
(757) 221-3930 (office); (757) 221-3009 (lab) <> <> <> 

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                                      Mary Anne Radmacher




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