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Codeswitching: Tools of Language and Culture Transform the Dialectally Diverse Classroom

by Rebecca S. Wheeler and Rachel Swords

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Codeswitching: Tools of Language and Culture Transform the Dialectally Diverse Classroom

Grades K – 8
Type Journal
Published July 2004
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English

 

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This article shows how to affirm and draw on the dialect diversity of students to foster the learning of Standard English. Based on insights from applied linguistics, an elementary teacher and university professor show that when African American students write "My goldfish name is Scaley" or "I have two dog and two cat," they are not making mistakes in Standard English.

 

Wheeler, Rebecca and Rachel Swords. "Codeswitching: Tools of Language and Culture Transform the Dialectally Diverse Classroom." Language Arts 81.6 (July 2004): 470-480.

 

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