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2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

S3 - Structuring Literacy for African American Students: What Teachers Need to Know

Nov 11, 2017 10:45am ‐ Nov 11, 2017 11:45am

Standard: $20.00


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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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.


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