Resources: Teaching Mexican American English Speakers

Here’s a nice introduction to a linguistically sophisticated approach to teaching speakers from a non-standard dialect.  In this powerpoint Barron and Roman (forgive my inability to attach accent marks on this blog), build upon the work of Otto Santa Ana, Sharroky Hollie, Javier San Roman, and Guadalupe Arellano, who have  contributed greatly to the fields of sociolinguistics and educational linguistics:

Mexican American – Powered by Google Docs.

Note how they provide an overview of the history of Mexican American English and a linguistic description of the kinds of patterns teachers might find in the classroom.

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About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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