This presentation focuses on teachers' knowledge and perceptions of African American English (AAE). AAE is the language that roughly 80% of African Americans speak, and it is a rule-governed dialect that differs phonologically, grammatically, and syntactically from Academic English. Presenters share and discuss the results of a survey that was administered to teachers. In addition, practical implications are shared through audience participation in structured-literacy activities, especially those centered around phonological awareness and its importance for African American students.
MORPHOLOGICAL INSTRUCTION: Compare the role of morphological processing skills to the development of reading and language acquisition.
READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Outline the critical components for proficient reading including language development, phonological awareness, decoding, fluency and comprehension.
TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Recognize the challenges facing African American students who have learning disabilities/dyslexia and the importance of cultural competence for those who teach them language related skills.
Disclosure: Ramona T. Pittman and Benita R. Brooks have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.