Englishes in Multilingual Contexts: Language Variation and by Ahmar Mahboob, Leslie Barratt

By Ahmar Mahboob, Leslie Barratt

The chapters during this quantity permit readers to strengthen a vast figuring out of the problems round language edition and to recognize pedagogical implications of this paintings in multilingual contexts. The authors discover how adaptations in Englishes all over the world relate to concerns in English language instructing and studying. The English language has regularly existed along different languages. although, the final two hundred years have proven a dramatic elevate within the variety, quantity and context of touch among English and different languages. due to this touch, we discover marked adaptations in Englishes around the globe. the 1st half comprises chapters of significance in learning English language version within the context of schooling. the second one half builds on an figuring out of version and identifies pedagogical chances that appreciate language version and but empower English language freshmen in varied contexts.

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The school includes grades 6–8 and has a population of approximately 1,300 students, about seventy percent of whom are immigrants, about half of them of Indo-Caribbean background from Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as a smaller number of Afro-Caribbean immigrants from Jamaica and Haiti. The pilot study took place in the “Newcomer Class,” which includes students from grades 6–8, and is made up of very recently arrived immigrants who are low literacy level CCE speakers, as well as traditional non-native speakers of English.

At the moment the teacher be in the lounge 5. My name be Bill This exercise highlights the patterning of one of the most widely recognized and intriguing vernacular varieties of American English, vernacular African American English. It also happens to be the mostly socially stigmatized variety of English, thus underscoring the systematic patterning of all varieties of English regardless of their social valuation. In another exercise, students are introduced to the notion of regional and stylistic variation within AAE, another fundamental sociolinguistic axiom that is central to understanding language variation in English.

If we want to prepare our students to be linguistically and communicatively competent citizens of the twenty-first century, then we must heed our colleague Walt Wolfram’s call (this volume) for exposing them to sociolinguistic variation, to the dynamic, variable nature of language, particularly to the Englishes they will hear, see, and 44 S.

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