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Shaping Language Policy in the U.S.

The Role of Composition Studies

Scott Wible

Publication Year: 2013

In Shaping Language Policy in the U.S.: The Role of Composition Studies, author Scott Wible explores the significance and application of two of the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s key language policy statements: the 1974 Students’ Right to Their Own Language resolution and the 1988 National Language Policy. Wible draws from a wealth of previously unavailable archived material and professional literature to offer for the first time a comprehensive examination of these policies and their legacies that continue to shape the worlds of rhetoric, politics, and composition.

Wible demonstrates the continued relevance of the CCCC’s policies, particularly their role in influencing the recent, post-9/11 emergence of a national security language policy. He discusses in depth the role the CCCC’s language policy statements can play in shaping the U.S. government’s growing awareness of the importance of foreign language education, and he offers practical discussions of the policies’ pedagogical, professional, and political implications for rhetoric and composition scholars who engage contemporary debates about the politics of linguistic diversity and language arts education in the United States. Shaping Language Policy in the U.S. reveals the numerous ways in which the CCCC language policies have usefully informed educators’ professional practices and public service and investigates how these policies can continue to guide scholars and teachers in the future.

 

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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p. 4-4

Copyright

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p. 5-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction: Situating Language Policy within Composition’s Past, Present, and Future

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pp. 1-29

In her chair’s address at the 2003 meeting of the conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Shirley Wilson Logan asserted the importance of the organization’s language policies. She called on rhetoric and composition scholars to reread texts such as the 1974 Students’ Right to Their Own Language resolution and 1988...

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1. The Language Curriculum Research Group

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pp. 30-69

with its 1972 students’ right to their own language resolution and accompanying 1974 background statement, the CCCC prompted the question, “What should the schools do about the language habits of students who come from a wide variety of social, economic, and...

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2. The CCCC National Language Policy

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pp. 70-116

Speaking in 1985, former U.S. Senator S.I. Hayakawa warned that a language crisis threatened America. While Merrill Sheil’s 1975 “Why Johnny Can’t Write” drew attention to the presence of “street” dialects of English in the 1970s classroom, Hayakawa argued that the nation’s most pressing linguistic problem one decade later had become...

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3. The Defense Department’s National Security Language Policy

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pp. 117-166

Speaking before the 2006 U.S. University Presidents’ Summit on International Education, President George W. Bush unveiled the National Security Language Initiative, which put $114 million toward efforts to improve language education as a means to secure the nation. This...

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Conclusion

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pp. 167-182

Among the materials in the NCTE archives in Urbana, Illinois, are orientation packets given to new members of CCCC committees in the mid-1990s. When these new committee members opened their packets, the first materials they saw were three CCCC policy statements: the 1974 Students’ Right to Their Own Language resolution and...

Notes

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pp. 183-198

Works Cited and Consulted

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pp. 199-220

Index

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pp. 221-233

Author Bibiography

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pp. 233-242

Back Cover

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p. 243-243


E-ISBN-13: 9780809331352
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809331345

Publication Year: 2013