Friday, August 25, 2017

Stephanie Hensel to work on new IES grant researching Toggle Talk, developed at U-M by Holly Craig


Toggle Talk, which was developed at the SOE by Professor Emerita Holly Craig, was awarded a $3.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. While this line of research is now based at the University of Maryland, Stephanie Hensel, Research Development Manager at the SOE, serves as a consultant on this new IES grant.

Toggle Talk, which was previously funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, uses “contrastive analysis” to teach children how to make situationally-appropriate language choices—providing young children with the vocabulary and language structure awareness necessary to switch between their home language and more formal, academic language. The Toggle Talk curriculum teaches young children about language differentiation and how to flexibly shift between two dialects, without devaluing the language spoken within their homes.

Holly K. Craig is Professor Emerita, School of Education; Emerita Research Professor, University of Michigan

Stephanie Lynn Hensel is Research Development Manager

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