Ebonics: The Urban Education Debate / Edition 1

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Controversy erupted in 1996 when the Oakland Unified School District's 'Ebonics Resolution' proposed an approach to teaching Standard English that recognized the variety of English spoken by African American students. With new demands for accountability driven by the No Child Left Behind policy and its emphasis on high-stakes testing in Standard English, this debate will no doubt rise again. This book seeks to better inform this next episode.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853597978
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2005
  • Series: New Perspectives on Language and Educati
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Ebonics : background to the current policy debate 3
2 Using the vernacular to teach the standard 18
3 Educational implications of ebonics 41
4 Black language and the education of black children : one mo once 49
5 Ebonics and education in the context of culture : meeting the language and cultural needs of LEP African American students 62
6 Language varieties in the school curriculum : where do they belong and how will they get there? 96
A Original Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) resolution on ebonics 115
B Congressional response, 105th Congress 135
C Martin Luther King Junior School v. Ann Arbor School District Board 155
D A linguist looks at the ebonics debate 161
Ebonics and linguistic science : clarifying the issues 170
Dialect readers revisited 178
Congressional testimony 180
E Policy statement of the TESOL board on African American vernacular English 185
Policy statement of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) on the application of dialect knowledge to education 186
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) statement to the media on ebonics 189
California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) position statement on ebonics 191
F Scholarly references and news titles 199
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