Before you engage in professional development sessions, you can always become courageous enough to integrate teaching tips, lesson plans, an other helpful resources into your curricula, in doing so, you are able to increase the cognitive and socio-emotional benefits of being bilingual and multilingual among your students (cite). Below you will find these resources to help you start your journey.
Teachers can use the strategies below to help students who are speakers of English Language Variations gain access to the "language of power" (Delpit, 1999). Wheeler (2008) suggests that teachers should engage in contrastive analysis approaches instead of correctionist approaches while analyzing students' writing. In order to successful engage as such, teachers must:
A.) Avoid classifying students' usage of their heritage language in speaking and writing as errors. See such usage as patterns consistent with their heritage language. Help students recognize patterns.
B.) Engage students in comparing and contrasting their heritage language with standardized English.
C.) Encourage students to code-switch or translate from their heritage language to standardized English and back again.
To start your journey, you will find these lesson plans useful as you engage students in understanding the history of AAL.
We be Speaking the Same Language (Melissa Summers)
African American Music and Spirituals (Lauren King)
The Water Brought Us (Emily Kimpton)
It's All About AAL (Tiffany Livingstone)
AAL, Here, There, and Everywhere (Nathaniel Bryan)