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We Do Language is available!

July 25, 2013

Dr. Anne H. Charity Hudley’s and my book, We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom, is now available on Teachers College Press, on Amazon, and on Barnes  & Noble.  It is also available on KindleClick here to view our book website and click here to “like” our page on Facebook!

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Those Who Can… Teach!

July 8, 2013

Anne has been featured on With Good Reason radio on NPR about our NSF-funded work on language and culture in STEM classrooms. There’s also a great interview with Dr. Freeman Hrabowski at UMBC about educating all students to succeed in science and engineering and why it matters!

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“Much bigger than technology or classroom space, the most important factor in determining student success is having a good teacher. In two 15-minute sessions, Bob Pianta (University of Virginia) can tell whether a teacher is good or bad—regardless of their subject matter. Plus: Heralded by Time as one of the ten best college presidents, Freeman Hrabowski (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) has helped build UMBC’s reputation as a top school for students of color in STEM fields. And: Surprisingly, sometimes the problem in math class is not with numbers, but with words. Anne Charity Hudley (College of William and Mary) believes teachers need to be more aware of how cultural language differences can put some students at a disadvantage in the classroom.”

Now in print: Data Collection in Sociolinguistics

May 27, 2013

Now in print! Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications


Presentation at the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies

May 15, 2013

On May 6 in Orlando, Florida, I presented a three-hour workshop on “Judicial Fact Finding and Decision Making: The Role of Language and Language Variation” to county, circuit, trial court, and appellate judges at the 2013 Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies. The Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, held annually, provides advanced continuing education to a select group of judges seeking to improve their adjudication skills and acquire more specialized knowledge about fact finding and decision making.


“Yo Said What?”

April 25, 2013

In this April 2013 interview on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and hosted on the NPR Code Switch Blog, I talk about Baltimore adolescents’ use of ‘yo’ as a gender-neutral 3rd person singular pronoun–an unusual and interesting linguistic innovation in American English. You can also learn more about language variation in Baltimore and around Maryland by visiting my blog, Baltimore Language.

Plenary address, April 6, SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics

March 17, 2013

On April 6, from 11am-12:30pm, I will give a plenary address at the SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL 80) in Spartanburg, SC.  The title of the talk is “Language Variation in the Classroom”: A Model for Promoting Linguistic Awareness through Collaborative Research, Teaching, and Community and Educational Engagement (click on the title to read the abstract). The event is open to the public, and K-12 educators who attend will receive CEU’s!

Apply to Attend a Workshop on Language, Culture, and Literacy for African-American Students in STEM Classes

March 16, 2013

Interested in the Impact of Language, Culture, and Literacy on African-American Students in STEM Classes?

Apply to participate in an NSF sponsored research workshop on language, culture, and literacy in STEM classrooms at the College William and Mary School of Education in Williamsburg, Virginia or the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Maryland. We will focus on the academic experiences of African-American students. Space is limited to 10 participants per workshop to allow for true interaction and discussion, so please sign up now!

You can find out more about the project through the links below:

If selected for a workshop, in addition to breakfast and lunch, you will receive $50 and a copy of Dr. Anne Charity Hudley and Dr. Christine Mallinson’s first book, Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools.

Please fill out the following survey by April 15th to apply and to select or to suggest workshop dates and locations that would work for you.

If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call for more information!

The project has been approved by the William and Mary Human Subjects Committee and the UMBC Institutional Review Board (IRB).