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Forget What You Know About “Correct” English. It Never Really Existed. Here’s Why.

Language is social and dynamic, not static.

Imagine for a moment that what you think you know about things like grammar and correctness of language is actually a mirage. Watch sociolinguist Kellam Barta explain why it’s far more accurate to understand language as contextual and social, constantly in flux. For teachers, this has grand implications for the ways we approach our students. Forget correctness to start. Embrace the linguistic variety they have already, celebrate it, and work toward building academic language skills from there.

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