Whose Language is Legit?
Intersections of Race, Ethnicity & Language
-M. Zisselsberger & K. Collins
St. Lucy School
Mid-Atlantic urban center
34% African American
traditionally served African American students of low to moderate incomes
continues to decrease in enrollment : "white flight" around the school
Significant demographic change in school's neighborhood of increasing Latino/a families
Prinicipal with Leadership Team implemented a Two - Way Dual Language Program...
Since the implementation ...
*Varieties of Spanish used by different children
*Why African American English (AAE) has not been treated
as an asset as has Spanish?
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Teachers at St. Lucy's also discussed 'incorrect' Spanish and how to address code switching in the dual language classrooms
How should teachers react to students' use of: "troca" "lonche" "parquear" ?
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There is a need to constantly examine practices in classrooms for increasing trends of racism and Eurocentrism exacerbated by neoliberal globalization
"As monolingual language ideologies continue to exert their sway, both nationally and internationally, we need bilingual educator to be conscious ADVOCATES for the language rights and resources of language minority students and speakers of endangered, indigenous, immigrant, and ethnic languages, where they may be" (p. 169.)
Calderon, M., & Carreon, A. (2000). A Two-Way Bilingual Program: Promise, Practice, and Precautions.