These sites take a look at language difference versus language disorder (there are many more resources and articles I can point you to, just email me).
What is a dialect exactly? What does is mean to have a dialect versus an accent? Why do some people think a dialect makes individuals sound stupid, or sexy, or smart, or lazy?? These sites should hopefully get us talking about why we view dialects the way we do and therefore the people who speak them through a certain lens that is not always respectful.
So you think you understand the difference between Chicano English and Spanglish?? Here’s a site that will help clarify exactly what is the dialect of Chicano English.
What constitutes Standard American English dialect or Mainstream English dialect? Who are you to say that they way I speak is wrong just because it’s different from the way you speak? We know the social value that Mainstream English holds in our society, but how did it even get that way?? Check out these sites to learn how Mainstream Middle class values and institutions influence what is seen as “correct” English or “correct” culture.
Think that African-American children (and adults) just “don’t know how to speak proper English”…learn about the systematic rule-governed dialect of African American English (AAE) and the impact that its use has on educational and life experiences.
And this one will help clarify what Spanglish is…hopefully this site will help us understand that it’s not “bad English”, it’s just different.
This site helps us understand the influence the Korean language has on learning English. Differences in not just phonology and vocabulary, but also culture, make up this Asian-influenced English dialect.
Same site – I like this site – for Russian-influenced English. It is so important to understand a person’s linguistic and cultural background when assessing their language skills and determining whether a child has a language difference or really has a language disorder.
So you’re not sure what certain dialects exist and even more, what they sound like…welcome to a great site that seems to have examples of almost every single English dialect you can think of!! Native American dialects can be found here too.
Want your child to speak another language? Raising a bilingual child? Want to be a multilingual family? This website will help answer any questions and provide amazing stories of language journeys.
Do you work with children who are Native American or are you interested in learning more about Native American languages? This site has so many resources available to learn about indigenous cultures around the world.
It is so important to understand the cultural differences our children bring to school. This article gives great suggestions when working with the Latin@ population.
The American Indian Heritage Foundation has a great site to learn about Native American culture. Check them out and you may learn something about your own background.
So much about what we hear about and read about reflects middle-class values and culture, what about the working-class? This site is committed to relaying working-class perspectives on culture, education and politics.
Check out this website to learn about cross-cultural and cross-racial issues and conversations! It’s a diverse world and it’s time we acknowledge it and embrace it.
Think that America itself doesn’t have a culture? This site explains their way of looking at American culture through language, the arts, religion, etc. See if you agree…