ERIC Number: ED149376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Afro-American Linguistic Patterns: Impact on Academic Success.
Walker, Gloria P.
This study was designed to identify and analyze some of the common linguistic patterns that impede the academic progress of black students entering college. A questionnaire, distributed to educators in communication skills on the college level, asked for the identification of common black linguistic features according to familiarity and use in each institution. All respondents recognized the distinct patterns of the black linguistic system, and the majority felt that it interferes with the student's academic progress. The study presents instructional programs used in several post-secondary institutions to assist students in developing Standard English communication skills. Appendixes include a list of participants in the study, the questionnaire on communication skills developed for this study, a list of Black English terms, and a detailed bibliography of Black English resource materials. (MAI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Achievement, Black Dialects, Black Education, Communication Skills, Higher Education, Language Patterns, Language Usage, Linguistic Competence, Nonstandard Dialects, Standard Spoken Usage
Southern Regional Education Board, 130 Sixth Street, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30313 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA. Inst. for Higher Educational Opportunity.