Teaching Reading to Children who Speak Varieties of English
Teaching reading to children who speak language varieties that differ in important ways from the structure of print adds an additional layer of complexity to learning to read and to reading instruction. These differences have been found to impact many language-based academic areas including reading, writing, spelling and mathematics. For African American children in particular, research has demonstrated that the language of the home and community must be considered when teaching literacy skills. This presentation addresses the use of dialect in African American children, presenting strategies that teachers can use in the classroom to support literacy development.