This episode will leave you thinking about your own linguistic, raciolinguistic and word gap ideologies. A must listen for all speech and language pathologists, educators, linguists and all decision makers surrounding language policies in schools. Dr. Ian Cushing and Dr. Julia Snell share their wealth of knowledge on those topics, more particularly as it pertains to a recent article that was published online by the Cambridge University Press: The (white) ears of Ofsted: A raciolinguistic perspective on the listening practices of the schools inspectorate. A summary of that article can be found here on The Conversation webpage.
During the episode, I mention a previous episode where I interview Henry Emeka and CJ, creators and lead facilitators of the Noisy Classroom - Oracy in Nigeria. Here is the link to that episode.
I also make reference to a podcast episode with Julie Washington on the Science of Reading: The Podcast.
Ian Cushing: @Ian_Cushing
Julia Snell: @SnellJulia
In this episode, which is part of a series on all things bilingual, Dr. Genesee and I talk about dual language learners, language use in schools, and the impact of the majority language on minority language acquisition in both minority language schools (ex. French language schools) and immersion programs. Dr. Genesee gives very useful strategies that can be used by educators who are interested in exploring a bilingual or a crosslinguistic approach in a meaningful way. We talk about how we can support the use of the children’s linguistic resources in order to help them acquire and maintain the minority language. We also talk about the importance of establishing clear goals when using crosslinguistic or translanguaging approaches as well as the parents’ role in their child’s acquisition of a minority language, be it their home language or the school language.
Resources mentioned during the episode
Chantal Mayer-Crittenden, Speech-Language Pathologist and researcher, hosts a bevy of guests on the topic of communication at large.