Betsy R. Rymes


Chair, Educational Linguistics

Blog: Citizen Sociolinguistics

Educational Linguistics Division

Linguistic anthropology of education; language socialization; multilingualism and TESOL; youth culture, mass media, and schooling

Betsy Rymes studies how students use language in their everyday lives, and how teachers can get students thinking about words and their meaning. She has examined how language, social interaction, institutions, and the Internet influence what students learn in schools. She is also an expert on teaching English-language learners. Rymes uses her blog, Citizen Sociolinguistics, to discuss her work.