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“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!


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


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

Call for Vignettes: We’re soliciting vignettes (100 to 500 word written answers) to questions as listed for each chapter of Highest Honors: A Guide to Undergraduate Research. If your vignette is selected for publication in the book, you will receive $100.00 and will be required to sign a release form from Teachers College Press. Your vignette may be edited. You will be able to review the vignette and the chapter that it appears in several times before it goes to press.

 Vignettes are due by June 1st 2016.

 Send questions and completed vignettes to

Chapter 1: Why This Book is Important

What does it mean to you to transition from being a student to being a scholar/undergraduate researcher?

What do you wish you’d known about college academics, especially undergraduate research, in your first year or…

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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:

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!

Anne’s Articles on Language Variation on’s Lexicon Valley

October 20, 2014

“Which English You Speak Has Nothing to Do with How Smart You Are” and “The Language of Maya Angelou”:  Check out Anne’s recent articles on language variation on’s Lexicon Valley!

We Do Language is the College of William & Mary Book of the Month

December 5, 2013

Our new book, We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom, is the book of the month at the College of William & Mary!

Watch the video below to learn about our research process for the book.  Our message to secondary English educators:  “Don’t leave a student’s decision whether – and where – to attend college solely to guidance counselors, parents, after-school programs and coaches. They’re your students. Incorporate the college decision into your curriculum.”