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ERIC Number: EJ791567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
Critical Language Pedagogy in an Urban High School English Class
Godley, Amanda J.; Minnici, Angela
Urban Education, v43 n3 p319-346 2008
The purpose of this study was to examine how classroom conversations about diverse dialects of English can provide a useful foundation for critical language and literacy instruction for students who speak African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and other stigmatized dialects. This article describes a weeklong unit on language variety that implemented what we call "critical language pedagogy" in three predominantly African American, 10th-grade English classes. Analyses of class discussions, interviews, and pre- and post-questionnaires demonstrate that the unit helped students critique dominant language ideologies, become more conscious of their own code-switching, and view dialect variation as natural and desirable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A