Spring Institute 2012
Workshop:African American Vernacular English (AAVE): An American Dialect
Presented by: Todd Marshall
Location: IT119
Time: Thursday, August 18 10:15am
Max number of participants: 40

This presentation discusses the importance of addressing the issue of American dialects in higher education. The reality is that some American dialects are 'closer' to Standard English than others. Those who speak dialects categorically different from Standard English face a challenge of recognizing the differences and knowing when to use Standard English. Speakers of African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) and other dialects might need assistance in learning how to use Standard English. Parts of the presentation are highly interactive. Participants should leave having a broader understanding of dialects (including their own), and how to handle these differences in the classroom.

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