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Short Video about our Language Variation Professional Development

April 7, 2012

This short video showcases teachers from one organization who attended our language variation professional development week-long workshop. Listen to what these teachers–from a range of grade levels and content areas–say about the impact of our professional development on their pedagogy!

“Language Workshop Inspires Teachers”

April 7, 2012

This story in the newsletter from the Middle Grades Partnership reports on how participants in our week-long language variation professional development workshop for Baltimore middle school teachers. One teacher called MGP’s 2011 language variation workshop “an eye-opening” revelation and said she “applied everything immediately.” Another reports that the workshop gave him “a whole new vocabulary with which to talk about language.” You can read the article here.

Call for Papers for “Teaching American Speech”

March 29, 2012

We are now accepting submissions for the SUMMER 2013 section of “Teaching American Speech,” a section of teaching-related articles that is published in each summer issue of the journal American Speech.

Articles published in “Teaching American Speech” relate to the teaching of or about American speech in its many forms and contexts, including course construction, assignments, evaluation, techniques, resources, and more. Teaching articles (of approx. 4,000 words in length), teaching notes (of approx. 2,000 words), and short reviews of textbooks and other student-centered resources (of approx. 2,000 words) are welcome. All articles will be peer reviewed.

Since its inception in 2008, “Teaching American Speech” is already becoming a premier venue for publications on pedagogy and American English. Past “Teaching American Speech” sections can be found online — click HERE, then click on “Browse
the Archive” to locate the summer issue for each year (within each summer issue, the “Teaching American Speech” section is available to download as a PDF).

To be considered for the SUMMER 2013 issue, submissions should be received by or before SEPTEMBER 1, 2012. Submissions should be emailed to editor Charles Carson, at Carson AT duke DOT edu, and copied to Christine Mallinson, associate editor, at mallinson AT umbc DOT edu. Please clearly note in the subject line and body of your email that the article is to be considered for “Teaching American Speech.” Also provide your current contact information, including an email and a mailing address (reviewers’ decisions are sent by US mail).

Please share widely with others who may be interested, and feel free to contact me at any time with any questions.

My UMBC Real People Profile

February 21, 2012

My “UMBC Real People Profile” was recently invited by David Hoffman, author of the Co-Create UMBC blog. Included in my Real People Profile are lots of facts and tidbits — a historical UNC~UMBC connection, the advice I got from Walt Wolfram, and why I like the catwalk that runs from my building. Oh, and there’s even a bonus video on Baltimore dialects!

Understanding Linguistic and Cultural Diversity to Promote Academic Success for all Students

February 17, 2012

On Monday, February 20th, I’ll be giving a talk called “Understanding Linguistic and Cultural Diversity to Promote Academic Success for all Students,” to the departments of Education, Sociology & Anthropology, and Language, Literacy & Culture at UMBC.  The talk will be held from 4:30-6 pm in UC 312.  It is a part of the Department of Education’s Collegial Conversation series, with this year’s theme “Celebrating the Exceptionalities of All of our Students.”

Writing Across the Disciplines

January 19, 2012

On Friday, January 20th I’ll be giving a keynote address on the topic “Writing Across the Disciplines: English Variation in the Classroom” and leading two breakout sessions at the Writing in the Disciplines/Across Communities conference held at CCBC-Catonsville. The theme of this year’s conference is “Writing in a Globalized World.”

My Entry “Sociolinguistics” in the new Oxford Bibliographies Online: Linguistics

November 1, 2011

My entry “Sociolinguistics” has just been published in the new Oxford Bibliographies Online: Linguistics, edited by Mark Aronoff.  Each dynamic bibliography contains “a hierarchical body of interwoven entries designed to help students and scholars move through the most important scholarship, commentary, and resources in a specific area of research.” My entry on Sociolinguistics includes bibliographic information and short summaries of over 125 key articles, books, and reference materials in the field, organized according to themes that include Language and Cognition, Languages and Language Varieties in Contact, Language Variation and Social Identities, and Applied Sociolinguistics.  To subscribe to OBO to access the bibliography, click here.

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