10-second review: Recommendations for bridging the differences between standard and nonstandard language.
Title: “Code-switching Pedagogies and African-American Student Voices: Acceptance and Resistance.” KD Hill. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (October 2009), 120-131. The secondary school publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).
Summary. Among the author’s recommendations:
“Never tell students that home language features are wrong and standard features are right.” p. 130.
“Inform students that everyone speaks nonstandard English…. …compare and contrast varying ways and contexts in which people speak….” p. 130.
Explore “varying ways students express common ideas before emphasizing grammar roles.” p. 130.
Comment: I like the idea of comparing standard and nonstandard expression in the context that both are right in the appropriate situations. RayS.