References for Further Reading

THE WRITING CENTER @ MSU
LANGUAGE STATEMENT

View our Language Statement here.

With our recent publication of our “Language Statement,” here is a list of reference materials. While these resources will introduce you to a few key considerations in terms of language inclusive practices and provide you some strategies for working with writers across all writing levels, this is not an exhaustive list.  

We are happy to continue to grow this list with your suggestions. Please email any additional resources to us at writing@msu.edu

Students’ Rights to Their Own Language

Online Resources
Journal Articles
  • Kinloch, V. (2005). Revisiting the Promise of “Students’ Right to Their Own Language”: Pedagogical Strategies. College Composition and Communication, 57(1), 83-113. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/30037899
  • Smitherman, G. (1999). CCCC’s Role in the Struggle for Language Rights. College Composition and Communication,50(3), 349-376. Retrieved from www.jstor.org/stable/358856
Books
  • Perryman-Clark, S., Kirkland, D. E., Jackson, A., & Smitherman, G. (2015). Students right to their own language: A critical sourcebook. Boston, MA: Bedford / St Martin’s.

General Inclusive Writing and Assessment Practices

Online Resources
Books
  • Inoue, A. B. (2015). Antiracist writing assessment ecologies teaching and assessing writing for a socially just future. Fort Collins, CO: The WAC Clearinghouse.

Gender, Pronoun Usage, and Grammar

Online Resources

For practical resources developed to promote the inclusive use of personal pronouns in the English language, consider visiting the following webpages:

Journal Articles

Ableist Language

Online Resources

Multilingual/Linguistically Diverse Students and “Other” English(es)

Online Resources
Journal Articles
Books
  • Rickford, John Russell, and Russell John Rickford. Spoken soul: the story of black English. New York, John Wiley and Sons, 2000.
  • Smitherman, G. (1996). Talkin and testifyin: The language of Black America. Detroit, MI: Wayne State Univers. Press.
  • Smitherman, Geneva. Talkin that talk: language, culture, and education in African America. London, Routledge, 2006.

Writing Center Consultant Specific Resources

  • Suhr-Sytsma, M., & Brown, S. (2011). Theory In/To Practice: Addressing the Everyday Language of Oppression in the Writing Center. The Writing Center Journal, 31(2), 13-49. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/43442366
  • Monty, R. W. (2016). The writing center as cultural and interdisciplinary contact zone. London: Palgrave Pivot

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