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Read about Our Free iPhone App for Teachers, “Valuable Voices”

February 3, 2017

This UMBC News story describes how our free iPhone app for teachers, “Valuable Voices,” is reaching teachers far outside our own networks. If you haven’t already, go to the App store, search “Valuable Voices,” and download, or click here for the link.  And if you are a teacher and are interested in participating in our follow up study later this year, send us an email!

Anne’s transition to the University of California, Santa Barbara

December 12, 2016

From Anne: I’m happy to announce that I have accepted an offer to be the North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America and Director of Undergraduate Research at UC Santa Barbara effective July 1st, 2017. I will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing undergraduate research programs for over 20,000 undergraduates at the first Minority-Serving Institution that is also a member of the Association of American Universities. I will also be working in particular to enrich the experiences of UCSB’s over 900 African-American students. I’ll be accepting graduate students with interests in African-American language, culture, and justice to UCSB Linguistics and UCSB Department of Black Studies. Virginia and William & Mary will always be a place that we consider home. California here we come. I’m ready to learn. #GoGauchxs

He aceptado una oferta de la UC Santa Barbara para ser la Cátedra North Hall de la lingüística de la América Africana y Directora de investigación de pregrado, comenzando el 1 de julio de 2017. El estado de la Virginia, tanto como la universidad de William & Mary, siempre será el lugar que consideramos nuestro hogar. California allá voy! #GoGauchxs

“Valuable Voices”: Our New Free iPhone App for Teachers!

September 27, 2016

We are excited to spread the word about our latest educational outreach initiative… a free iPhone app!! The app provides 12 ready-to-implement exercises for students and educators — one a month, for a year’s worth of teaching — to build awareness of language and culture. The teaching exercises are geared toward middle/high school English but can easily be adapted for elementary or even college, in a variety of content areas. Please download it, use it, and let us know what you liked — and didn’t! To download the app, go to the App Store on your iPhone and type in “Valuable Voices” — here is a screenshot so that you know what to look for. To our knowledge this is the only sociolinguistics app of its kind! Hopefully one day we can expand to create more apps — and expand to make the apps available to Android users, too. We couldn’t have done it without our team of assistants and our teacher consultants – thank you all!

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8 Videos on Language and Culture now available!

October 14, 2015

The test site is live! Check out a brand new series of eight videos featuring Dr. Anne H. Charity Hudley, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. The videos, based on our research, cover the following topics:
1.) Language & Culture in the classroom: a general overview of linguistically and culturally responsive teaching (30 minutes)
2.) Sharing the burden of communication with your students: How language impacts school climate, instruction, and classroom management (30 minutes)
3.) Language and Culture in Virginia Classrooms: Specific Knowledge Matters: Grammar and Sound (30 minutes)
4.) Language and Culture in Virginia Classrooms: Specific Knowledge Matters: Discourse (30 minutes)
5.) Language and culture in the elementary language arts classroom (30 minutes)
6.) Language and culture in the elementary STEM classroom (30 minutes)
7.) Language and culture in the secondary language arts classroom (30 minutes)
8.) Language and culture in the secondary STEM classroom (30 minutes)

Follow this link to access these videos!

Call for Vignettes for Highest Honors: A Guide to Undergraduate Research

August 18, 2015

Join us July 18 & 19th at the Linguistic Institute in Chicago, Illinois for a Engaged Scholarship in Linguistics: Partnering with Educators to Communicate about Language Variation Workshop

February 25, 2015

Learn more here: https://lsa2015.uchicago.edu/events/engaged-scholarship-linguistics-partnering-educators-communicate-about-language-variation

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 9:00am to Sunday, July 19, 2015 – 3:00pm

Location: TBA, Chicago, IL 60637

This 2-day workshop is designed for both novice and seasoned researchers who are interested in learning more about working to apply linguistic insight to educational and social change. The positioning of linguistics as a discipline that lies at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, and STEM sciences provides scholars with numerous possibilities for applying our research findings to address persistent the opportunity gaps that often face culturally and linguistically diverse students. The workshop will introduce participants to important theoretical, ethical, and logistical considerations when working with educators, students, parents, administrators, and local communities in order to maximize our impact as linguists and promote collaborative, sustainable models of engaged scholarship.

Our books are now available on Kindle and Nook!

December 13, 2014

Both of our books are now available digitally!

  • Find Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools on Kindle and on Nook
  • Find We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom on Kindle and on Nook!

Just in time for a holiday gift for your favorite educators!