Linguistic Gratuity: NLSC Press

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Often Americans are so worried about having people learn English that they forget what a valuable resources it is to have people who speak other languages living among us.  Not only are these language skills helpful for business, legal, and medical reasons, but they can also be critical to our for national security and diplomatic efforts.

The National Language Service Corps (NLSC) is an organization designed to help those who speak non-English languages serve our community.  You can find out more about this organization or volunteer to join at their website:  NLSC Press.

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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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