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ERIC Number: ED461117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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"African Americans Have This Slang": Grammar, Dialect, and Racism.
Paley, Karen Surman
The "Ebonics Resolution" was passed by the Oakland, California, school board in 1996. The proposal called for "imparting instruction to African-American students for the combined purposes of maintaining legitimacy and richness of such language...and to facilitate their acquisition and mastery of English language skills." The proposal was not widely accepted and subject to much ridicule nationally. This paper tells the story of a black student at Boston College who had to repeat her student teaching practicum because of her use of Black English. The paper discusses the case of "Tanya," the only black student in an upper division class, who, because of the close working relationship she developed with her white teacher, was able to write and workshop an essay about her student teaching practicum in a wealthy white suburb where criticism of her language usage was metonymic for racism. It highlights the advantages of a conference-based writing course with a compassionate teacher. It also addresses the author/educator's own covert bias against Black English, which emerged during the transcription work, as well as problems with teaching grammar in the process-writing classroom. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California (Oakland)