There’s more than one way to speak English.

But too often, kids who speak other varieties of English find themselves on the wrong side of their teachers. How can educators — and everyone else — avoid linguistic discrimination and value the different kinds of English all around us?

Daniel Midgley speaks with author and educator Anne Charity Hudley on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Promo with James Hall

Show notes

Turning on spell check made good spellers worse.

Spell checkers aren’t normally sensitive to context.

But Google Docs is. Try some of our sentences yourself.

The Facebook group for the 2014 Indigenous Language Challenge

Forget Ice Water, Take the Indigenous Language Challenge Instead

About the Indigenous Language Challenge

Which English You Speak Has Nothing to Do With How Smart You Are

We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom

Audio from Language in Baltimore: “As you listen, you’ll hear the teachers talk about how learning about language variation positively affected their teaching practices and their relationships with their students, and how they have gained the information and confidence to be able to work more effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse students in their classrooms.  You’ll also hear the creative and insightful strategies and practices that the teachers have used in their classrooms to engage with their students and to support linguistically informed teaching.”

Video from Christine Mallinson: Language variation professional development

Anti-bullying movement to define “upstanders” has meaning

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Ships in the Night 7, featuring Daniel

Show tunes

‘Many Ways’ by Bombay Bicycle Club
from the album Flaws

‘Sit Down, Stand Up (Snakes and Ladders)’ by Radiohead
from the album Hail to the Thief