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Teaching Standard English in Urban Classrooms

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Teaching Standard English in Urban Classrooms
Rebecca Wheeler details how teachers can build on students' existing knowledge of everyday English, as a springboard to new knowledge: professional English. Typically, when students write "My goldfish name is Scaley" or "Mama walk to the store," teachers correct student grammar. Yet student literacy suffers. Wheeler explains how to avoid this using insights and strategies from applied linguistics. Discussants include Catherine Snow, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education, and Rachel Swords, coauthor of Code-Switching and Title I Teacher in Newport News, VA. This forum is moderated by Ronald Ferguson, Lecturer in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, and offered in cooperation with the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University. Cosponsored by Time Warner, Inc.moreless
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