Re: [xmca] Harold Rosen

From: Shirley Franklin <s.franklin who-is-at>
Date: Mon Aug 11 2008 - 01:11:52 PDT

Hi Carol.and Gordon,

I have forwarded your thoughts on Harold to his son Michael.

On 10 Aug 2008, at 17:39, Gordon Wells wrote:

>> Carol says:
>> Thank you for this--to meet Harold Rosen again. I do believe that
>> he was
>> possibly the first understood the nature of language and its
>> functions in
>> different communities. In the early 70s as a student, we read a
>> paper
>> called "The language of the hard core poor" which I believe paved
>> the way
>> for descriptive sociolinguistics, in USA (Labov) and the UK.
>> (Bernstein)
>> Go well, Harold and thank you.
>> 2008/8/4 <>
> I also remember Harold with admiration and gratitude. He was a
> great teacher and a powerful speaker for the cause of equitable and
> relevant education for all students. I particularly remember
> listening to a talk he gave about narrative at a conference in
> Canada - apparently without notes. Later I read the article and it
> seemed to be word for word the same as his talk. There are few
> people who can make a written text read like spontaneous speech and
> spontaneous speech have the coherence and elegance of a polished
> piece of writing.
> It is good news that his ideas are now being adopted by the
> government policymakers in Britain.
> Gordon Wells
> --
> Gordon Wells
> Department of Education
> University of California, Santa Cruz
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