Resources: The Pidgins and Creoles in Education (PACE) Newsletter

The language-related challenges that American teachers face in the classroom are often discussed as if they were unique to the United States, but having students who speak differently than they need to write is not unique to the U.S.  In fact, much of the world is multilingual, so many countries have had to learn to accommodate far greater differences in the linguistic varieties of their students.  Here’s a link to the University of Hawaii’s newsletter on Pidgins and Creoles in Education, which makes reference to directives by the World Bank: 

The Pidgins and Creoles in Education (PACE) Newsletter.

 

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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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