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June 1, 2009 / andreasterzuk

Appropriate Language Varieties for Particular Contexts?

Often, in pedagogical materials, you come across the (normative) argument that students who speak minority language varieties must be taught to code-switch and use official language varieties (i.e. Standard English) whenever “appropriate” (i.e. in official contexts like schools, jobs, writing…).  This  link is to an interview with an author/academic named George Yancy.  In this interview, he addresses some of the other messages/functions inherent in arguments about the “suitablity” of one language variety over another (around the 15 minute mark).  It’s an interesting listen.

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  1. Val / Jun 9 2009 8:40 pm

    Thanks for the link above. Very interesting. Hope the holiday is great.

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