Using Language Variation In The Language Classroom


 
Abstract:
 
The workshop introduces the concept of linguistic variation, and explores ways in which this can be used in the language classroom. Linguistic variation is not just a matter of scientific sociolinguistic interest; it is vital to the development of the linguistic repertoire of fully competent language users. Variation often is exposed through the complaint tradition of a language, so the workshop begins with an exercise on linguistic pet peeves as an entry point. Grammatical variation is explored and interpreted as alternation in linguistic structures, but also placed in a context of social value, that is, a context of use. Participants are assessed in three assignments, namely, a reflection, a lesson plan, and a critique of another student’s lesson plan.