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Title: Demystifying the Language Status of the Average Jamaican Speaker: Steps in forging a relevant language curriculum for Jamaica
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Author: Melva P. Davids
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Institution: Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts
Linguistic Field: Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Creole English, Jamaican
Abstract: Demystifying the Language Status of the Average Jamaican Speaker: Steps in Forging a Relevant Language Curriculum for Jamaica examines the overarching language dynamics in Jamaica and explores the challenges of forging appropriate policies and curricula that adequately address the linguistic needs of the Jamaican population in its entirety. The paper seeks to address how language attitudes are formed and sustained in a linguistic space where language planning is not explicitly addressed and suggested aspects of the language situation that should be addressed to guide language pedagogy and policies.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Conference Theme: Celebrating Mother Tongue Languages. Title of the Paper- Languages as Socio-cultural Capital in the Creative Space of the Edna Manley College
Publication Info: This is one of several reflections on the language situation in Jamaica and the Anglophone/Francophone Caribbean that emerged from a presentation at the inaugural language Awareness Symposium hosted at the Edna Manley College on November 1, 2012. Others are published in ERIC online database. Others unpublished or published are on site ''.

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