Using Language Variation In The Language Classroom

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.