[lg policy] calls: Linguistic Diversity in American Classrooms

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 13 14:29:34 UTC 2010

Linguistic Diversity in American Classrooms

Linguistic Diversity in American Classrooms

Date: 14-Aug-2010 - 15-Aug-2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Contact: Netta Avineri
Contact Email: uclalingdiversityconferencegmail.com
Meeting URL: http://sites.google.com/site/uclalinguisticdiversconf2010/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

'Linguistic Diversity in American Classrooms: Perspectives on Grammar, Accent,
and Fluency' is a public conference to be held at UCLA August 14-15, 2010 to
engage all members of the community in open and meaningful discussion. This
event was conceived partly in response to publicized reports alleging that the
Arizona Department of Education (ADE) was instructing school districts to remove
teachers who speak with 'heavily accented' English from ESL classrooms out of
concern that these teachers model incorrect language for new learners. As a
recognized authority in questions of Teaching English as a Second Language, the
UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics is holding this public conference to
initiate collegial, well-informed, and balanced dialogue on the ADE's alleged
policies, as well as on broader issues in language as they relate to accent,
grammaticality, fluency, and intelligibility.

The conference will present the most up-to-date scientific research on language
learning and teaching, linguistic identity and interaction within public and
institutional settings, bringing together scholars, students, legal analysts,
media, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Arizona Department of
Education for this dialogue. The presentations by various scholars will be
accessible to non-specialists and supplemented with testimonials and stories of
firsthand experiences from other members of the community who will speak on the
topic of linguistic diversity as it relates to personal and professional

The ultimate goal of the UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics in holding this
public conference is to promote civic engagement in our community and to
incorporate diverse and meaningful academic, administrative, professional, and
personal voices and perspectives into scholarly conversations. We welcome you to
participate in the conference and join us in this effort to hold a respectful
and meaningful dialogue about an issue relevant to us all, in which scholars
will work together with other professionals, policymakers, and the greater
community toward mutual understanding and positive change.

We look forward to meeting and collaborating with you.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

All events are held in the Grand Salon in Kerckhoff Hall at UCLA

9:00 - 9:05
Welcome Olga Yokoyama (Chair, UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics)

9:05 - 9:30
Opening Remarks: Claudia Mitchell-Kernan (UCLA Vice Chancellor of Graduate
Studies, Dean of Graduate Division)

9:30 - 10:10
Conference Vice-Chairs Panel Discussion: Obianuju Anya, Netta Avineri, Laurenn
Mason Carris, and Valeria Valencia (UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics)

10:10 - 10:40
H. Samy Alim (Stanford University): Para cuando Lleguemos a Arizona: Mobilizing
Against Accent Discrimination

10:40 - 11:30
Curriculum and Policy Panel 1: Perspectives from Arizona: Mary McGroarty
(Northern Arizona University), Martha Sheffield (Metro Tech High School in
Phoenix, Arizona), Karisa Peer and Karla Pérez (UCLA Graduate School of
Education and Information Studies), Martha Sheffield (Metro Tech High School in
Phoenix, Arizona)

11:30 - 12:30
Curriculum and Policy Panel 2: Perspectives from California: Ramón Martínez
(University of Texas at Austin), Elizabeth Mason (Imperial County Office of
Education), Gisela O'Brien (LAUSD), Alison Pickering (LAUSD), Marilú Pigliapoco
(LAUSD), Ann Snow (California State University, Los Angeles)

12:30 - 2:00

2:00 - 2:45
Keynote Address: John Baugh (Washington University in St. Louis): Experimental
Studies of Voice Discrimination against Latinas in the United States: Linguistic
Profiling and Discrimination based on Speech

2:45 - 3:15
Noma LeMoine (LeMoine & Associates Educational Consulting and formerly, LAUSD):
The Deficit Perspective: Negative Beliefs, Perceptions and Attitudes toward
Language Variation and Its Impact on Learning and Instruction

3:15 - 3:45
Concepción Valadéz (UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies):
Language Fluency and Effective Teaching: Lessons from Teacher Preparation and
Professional Development Programs

3:45 - 4:00
Coffee Break

4:00 - 4:30
Media Perspectives on Linguistic Diversity Gustavo Arellano (OC Weekly), Eduardo
Yáñez (Actor)

4:30 - 5:00
Jonathan Rosa (New York University): Looking like a Language, Sounding like a
Race: Making Latin Identities and Managing Ethnolinguistic Anxieties

5:00 - 5:30
Remarks and Discussion: Mary McGroarty (Northern Arizona University)

Saturday, August 15, 2010

9:00 - 9:30
Welcome and Opening Remarks: Olga Yokoyama (Chair, UCLA Department of Applied

9:30 - 10:00
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana (UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information
Studies): Valuing the Linguistic Virtuosity of Immigrant Youth: Why Versatility
and Flexibility Matter

10:00 - 10:30

Adrienne Lo (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Racialization and
Ideologies of ''Accent'': Linguistic Marginalization and the Boundaries of
American Citizenship

10:30 - 10:45
Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:15
Stephanie Lindemann (Georgia State University): Who's ''Unintelligible''?: The
Perceiver's Role

11:15 - 12:00
Panel Discussion: Assessing and Addressing English Proficiency: Netta Avineri
(UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics), Bahiyyih Hardacre (UCLA Test of Oral
Proficiency Coordinator), Zsuzsa Londe (University of Southern California
International Teaching Assistant Testing Coordinator),Mostafa Majidpour (UCLA
Department of Electrical Engineering), Lauren Mason Carris (UCLA Department of
Applied Linguistics), Youngsoon So (UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics)

12:00 - 1:30

1:30 - 2:00
Mayumi Ajioka (UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics): Grammar, Pronunciation,
or Something Else?: Native Japanese Speakers' Judgments of
''Native-like'' Speech

2:00 - 2:30
Dora Pellicer (Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México DF): Is it
Wrong or just Different?: Indigenous Spanish in Mexico

2:30 - 3:00
Jennifer Gully (Pomona College): Language and Citizenship: The Perspective from

3:00 - 3:15
Coffee Break

3:15 - 4:00
Keynote Address: Bonny Norton (University of British Columbia): Identity and the
Ownership of English Internationally

4:00 - 4:45
Panel Discussion: Social Issues in Applied Linguistics: Obianuju Anya, Netta
Avineri, Lauren Mason Carris, Afaf Nash, Valeria Valencia (UCLA Department of
Applied Linguistics)

4:45 - 5:00
Remarks and Discussion: Timothy Stowell (UCLA Dean of Humanities)

5:00 - 5:30
Closing Remarks: Olga Yokoyama (Chair, UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics)


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