Our kids bring to school powerful linguistic know-how — the cadences, rhythms, and language patterns of their homes and communities. Code-Switching Lessons shows teachers how to build on students’ existing knowledge (Community English) to add new knowledge (Academic English).
Teacher educator Rebecca Wheeler and urban educator Rachel Swords show how to lead students in discovery learning of grammar. Through contrastive analysis, students gain explicit awareness of the contrasts between home speech and school speech.
From there, Rebecca and Rachel show how to lead students to code-switch — to choose the language style to fit the setting — the time, place, audience, and communicative purpose. In this way, teachers learn to build on students’ linguistic strengths and add school English to students’ linguistic toolkits.
Ventris has partnered with Rebecca and Rachel to create an onsite/multi-media professional development offering based on Code Switching Lessons.