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English speaker, ‘oppressed’ by the presence of Spanish, sues Pima Community College

Higher education in the United States has been struggling to deal with issues of linguistic diversity for many years. On the one hand, the majority of US citizens are English speakers, and most of this majority are monolingual (having forgotten

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Posted in Human migration, Linguistic diversity

Your professor does speak English: Competence and cooperation in classroom communication

Recently, I’ve been engaged with a research project looking at the discourse of RateMyProfessors.com, a website where students rate and comment on their university or college instructors.  I’ve been paying special attention to how students talk about instructors who are

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Posted in Human migration, Linguistic diversity, Miscommunication and communication difficulties

Myths of melting pots and discarded tongues (part 2)

In my last post, I looked at a story told by a US Senator about how his family immigrated to the United States and learned English.  I wrote that I think the stories we tell reveal a lot about how

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Posted in Human migration

Myths of melting pots and discarded tongues (part 1)

While the United States government seems intent on providing me a never ending supply of budget dysfunction discourse, I’ve decided to move on to another pressing topic that US politicians have been discussing: immigration. President Obama gave some prominence to

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Posted in Human migration

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