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Is 2010 the year of “language as resource”?

Written By: sharonmerritt on January 17, 2010 1 Comment

As I’ve watched CNN coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, I’ve seen several public service announcements for an organization I’d never heard of before: National Language Service Corps.  My interest was piqued by the ad that focused on the varieties of language in the US and how those languages might be used to serve people in need.  The existence of this organization seems to represent not only a “language as resource” view of multilingualism, but an emphasis on using a language rather than simply knowing or learning one.  As I continue to work on my dissertation to try to understand how Spanish immersion students are learning about language use, I’ll be following this organization and how we hear about its activities and aims.  They are on Facebook, and I’m happy to see that several of my friends who received invitations to join their page have done so.  If any of you learn or observe interesting things about this organization, I hope you’ll comment on this post.

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One Response to “Is 2010 the year of “language as resource”?”

  1. daveski on: 21 January 2010 at 12:23 am

    Very cool to put this out there. I’ve seen it too, and wondered if anyone we might know has taken up the call. This seems worth publicizing in classes at Cal too.

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