Language Structures

Week 27: Equitable Language

 

Language can be inclusive or exclusive.  Thinking about language in those terms, the issue of equity rises to the surface. When we look through the lens of equity, the work around oral language becomes more than just meeting the listening, speaking, reading and writing standards whether it be the current standards or CCSS. 

Language Structures

Educational psychologists like Jerome S. Bruner (1966) stressed proficiency in oral language because they regard it as a vital tool for thought.  They would claim without a fluent and structured oral language, children will find it difficult to think abstractly and symbolically.  That initial language, the basis of the child’s thought, will be his first language whatever language that is.  (M. Clay Record of Oral Language) 

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