It’s that time of year when, in the United States, many children and adults alike, dress up in fantastic costumes and celebrate Halloween. From what was once a parade of costumed children looking for sweet treats, it has now become an elaborate costume party with festivals, parties, movie events, and so much more. And think…Keep reading
Language is ever evolving. How we spoke a hundred years ago is not how we speak today, and how we speak today is not how our descendants will speak a hundred years from now. The English we speak in the US is not identical to the English spoken in England. For that matter, the English…Keep reading
As language educators, we teach students the importance of looking at shades of meaning and of choosing our words carefully when communicating. However, do we teach students to consider how their words may impact those from minority racial backgrounds? A microaggression is a seemingly small statement that directly or indirectly insults someone on the basis…Keep reading
“How do they celebrate Three Kings’ Day in Mexico?” I once observed a teacher ask one of her Dual Language students. The question seemed innocent enough. She was trying to build sociocultural competence in her classroom by being inclusive of all her students as the upcoming holiday approached. However, the student felt uncomfortable. While his…Keep reading
The Status of English I stayed at home with my daughter for the first five years of her life, largely because I wanted to ensure that she would speak our mother tongue, Tamil. I feared that sending her to daycare would introduce her to English way too early. Nevertheless, once she started school, even when…Keep reading
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