Presented by: Dr. Brandy Gatlin-Nash,
Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine
Think everyone in the U.S. speaks the same English? Think again! There are approximately 20 to 30 distinct dialects of English spoken here, like African American Vernacular English (AAVE). These dialects aren’t just variations; they are complete, valid forms of English, each shaped by its own unique regional, cultural, and social influences, with distinct pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and structure.
In this edWebinar, join Dr. Brandy Gatlin-Nash as she explains the direct tie between recognizing and valuing linguistic and cultural identity and effective literacy instruction. Learn how, by seeing these English varieties not as improper but as valuable assets, educators can build upon them as students develop skills in Academic English. This approach does more than honor students’ diverse backgrounds; it enhances their overall language development, acknowledging the full spectrum of English as it is spoken across the country.
Part three of our “Structured Literacy and Language Diversity Lunch and Learn Week” highlights the importance of honoring students’ linguistic backgrounds for educational success and personal growth. Discover how this perspective, when combined with Structured Literacy, opens the door to richer, more meaningful learning experiences. Remember, English language varieties aren’t just valid—they’re a gateway to a broader and deeper understanding for everyone.
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