Online Resources

Info on different dialects spoken by many of the children we work with as well as their communities and their caregivers .

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.

baltimore language

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.

English language Learners
here are some sites that will help us understand the processes happening to our students when they are learning to speak English.

Understanding Language: Language, Literacy, Learning

National Education Association: English Language Learners

Strategies for working with English Language Learners

Testing ESL children, What we can do now

Bilingual or multilingual

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.

Multilingual living

Culture (racial, ethnic, class, national)
These sites have information about different cultures. It’s important to understand the different cultural practices and norms so that we don’t look at these differences as deficits but as special to that particular culture.

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.

Resource for Native American languages

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.

Helping Latino students feel comfortable in the classroom

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.

Native American culture

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…

Did you know that we don’t all communicate in the same way? Perhaps when speaking with a peer it may not matter as much, but in the classroom, when there is a power dynamic, it does matter. I’ve seen this first hand. Here are some sites to learn about different communication styles.