Language Awareness

The Linguistic Link Needed in English Education


  • Shana Schmidt Rock Creek High School, Rock Creek, Kansas



language awareness, linguistic diversity, Students' Right to Their Own Language


Language awareness has been largely overlooked by the American education system. This paper provides background knowledge needed to justify language awareness in classroom teaching. As educators we need to be more informed and think more systematically about teaching linguistic diversity in our classrooms.

Author Biography

  • Shana Schmidt, Rock Creek High School, Rock Creek, Kansas

    Shana Schmidt is a life-long learner. She is a fifth-year teacher, who began her teaching career as an English Composition I teaching assistant at Kansas State University. She is currently at Rock Creek High School, where she teaches English and journalism and serves as a Kagan instructional coach. She is also the yearbook advisor, creator and director of the Rock Creek Writing Center, and CoAdvisor for the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention and Awareness Program. Shana earned her Master's Degree in English Composition and Rhetoric (2019) and has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education (2015), both from Kansas State University. Shana believes that her job as an educator is to create a learning environment that combines theoretical knowledge and practical experiences, while also considering how she can best nurture her students' capabilities. She can be reached at






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