ERIC Number: EJ1022197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
"Funga Alafia": Toward Welcoming, Understanding, and Respecting African American Speakers' Bilingualism and Biliteracy
Boutte, Gloria Swindler; Johnson, George L., Jr.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v46 n3 spec iss p300-314 2013
This article focuses on the development and experiences of two African American Language speakers who are on the precipice of biliteracy and bilingualism. Using a composite counterstory that integrates samples of the girls' language during daily routines as a critical race theoretical analytic tool, we examine their language virtuosity as well as their positive perceptions about AAL. Contrary to pervasive deficit perspectives and narratives about AAL, the counterstory reveals that the girls sometimes viewed Standard English (SE) as bothersome and tedious, and they actively resisted it. At other times, they embraced it when they determined using AAL instead of SE made sense. We capture aspects of their emergent biliteracy and bilingualism as they navigate between two literacies and languages. We demonstrate their transliterate and translingual confidence and proficiency. Implications for educators are included.
Descriptors: African American Students, Black Dialects, Race, Critical Theory, Literacy, Bilingualism, Females, Language Usage, Language Attitudes, Standard Spoken Usage, Language Proficiency, Grandchildren, Grandparents, Code Switching (Language), Twins
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