African American Vernacular English

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  • noun

Synonyms for African American Vernacular English

a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States

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Through the course, teachers are trained never to criticize students who speak in African-American English or demean them.
However, a day later amid a firestorm of controversy, Boudreaux modified her position and said African-American English is a dialect of English - not a separate language.
Superintendent Sid Thompson and Boudreaux have praised the $3 million-a-year program, which has trained 2,000 teachers to accept African-American English as a legitimate language.
Through the course, teachers learn never to criticize students who speak in African-American English.
Lasken, who lives in Woodland Hills, said it was a ``ridiculous contention'' that African-American English is a separate language.
Since 1990, the district has spent $3 million a year on a program that uses African-American English to help African-American children master language skills.
Board of Education member Barbara Boudreaux, who Thursday supported Ebonics as its own language, said she now believes African-American English is a dialect of English.
In a move with national repercussions, Oakland schools have declared African-American English a separate language - and Los Angeles schools may not be far behind.
Los Angeles Board of Education member Barbara Boudreaux said Thursday that she will ask her colleagues next month to affirm African-American English as a unique language.
Since 1990, the Los Angeles Unified School District has spent $3 million on a program that uses so-called African-American English to help African-American children master language skills.
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