Question: How should language variants impact how we teach early literacy?

September 30, 2021
Question: How should language variants impact how we teach early literacy?

Hi Literacy Lovers,

Listen to this 

Mitchell Brookins, education consultant extraordinaire (and one of the moderators of the wildly popular Facebook group The Science of Reading - What I Should Have Learned in College) talks with us in our latest podcast episode about how the science of reading and African American English (AAE) intersect. How do we utilize this information as practitioners to empower our students? Keep this question in mind as you explore these resources. We’re so glad you’re here to learn with us! 

Read this

In this article, titled Teaching Reading to African American Children: When Home and School Language Differ by Julie A. Washington and Mark Seidenberg. They highlight key features of African American English (AAE) and General American English (GAE) and how they differ. We know that reading depends on spoken language. How do language variants impact our students? 

Watch this

Reading Meetings with Mark and Molly | Conversations Bridging Science & Practice.

In an episode of Reading Meetings with Mark & Molly: Conversations Bridging Science and Practice, Mark Seidenberg interviews Dr. Julie Washington about the relationship between oral language variation and reading ability as well as issues around instructional practices and poverty.  


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