Title

More Than Just a Hammer: Building Linguistic Toolkits

SMC Author

Clifford Lee

Status

Faculty

School

Kalmanovitz School of Education

Department

Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Title

Issues in Applied Linguistics

Description/Abstract

The movement in national educational policy towards teaching a singular, non-accented American Standard English reached a crescendo with the Arizona Board of Education’s attempt to prevent any teacher with a “heavy accent” or “ungrammatical” speech from teaching English. We suggest that part of what underlies the fears that were articulated in Arizona are ideologies about language learning (as well as about language itself). We challenge those ideologies as we present a model of language development and curriculum that recognizes and affirms the multiple tools or “repertoires of linguistic practice” that all young people possess. Our research suggests that when students are supported in examining their various language practices, the insights they gain will help them work towards mastery over all of their linguistic “tools,” including those tools that are most valued by dominant society.

Scholarly

yes

Volume

19

Issue

2

First Page

181

Last Page

187

Disciplines

Education

Comments

Description based on: https://escholarship.org/uc/item/7j6044vz

Original Citation

Faulstich Orellana, Marjorie, Lee, Clifford H. & Martinez, Danny C. (2011). More than just a hammer: Building linguistic toolkits. Issues in Applied Linguistics, Vol. 19, Iss. 2, 181-187.

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