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ERIC Number: EJ905822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1949-3533
Whose English Counts? Native Speakers as English Language Learners
Grill, Jennifer
TESOL Journal, v1 n3 p358-367 Sep 2010
The author, a teacher educator, explains that because of a lack of training in language studies, many teachers do not view language as linguists do. She identifies three misconceptions (and the implications they have for English language learners) that still persist in education: Standard English is the best and most correct form of English, English dialects are improper and randomly created forms of the language, and dialects interfere with learning "proper" English and should not be used in the classroom. Such myths about language allow linguistic discrimination to continue in schools. The author debunks these myths and provides suggestions for teachers in terms of how to work with dominant and nondominant English varieties in their classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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