‘Overcoming Language Barriers’ Explores Use of Black English

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New guidebook focuses on helping linguistically different African American students find success in school.

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Some linguists and scholars agreed that overcoming barriers to communication between mainstream teachers and dialect speakers may assist in combating the educational plight of many of these students.

Author and educator Amanda J. Jones, Ed.D. sets out to provide English and language arts teachers a more comprehensive understanding of Black English dialect, the learning preferences of black students, teachers’ perceptions of Black English usage and the cultural differences that play a crucial role in her informative new guidebook “Overcoming Language Barriers: How Teachers Can Help Dialect Speakers Succeed” (published by AuthorHouse).

Comprehensive and thoroughly researched, “Overcoming Language Barriers” aims to assist educators in promoting the success of those who speak Black English as well as other dialect speakers. It provides an introductory look at Black English dialect and includes practical solutions for meetings the needs of linguistically different students and other learners through cultural sensitivity and best practices in education.

In addition, Jones also shares insightful data gathered from her research study of other English and language arts teachers’ perceptions of Black English usage, addressing topics including brain-based learning, multiple intelligences and practical strategies for assisting linguistically different students.

“Research shows that many African American and other minority students continue to trail their counterparts in academia,” Jones writes. “Some linguists and scholars agreed that overcoming barriers to communication between mainstream teachers and dialect speakers may assist in combating the educational plight of many of these students.”

“Overcoming Language Barriers”
By Amanda J. Jones, Ed.D.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 198 pages | ISBN 9781477290446
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 198 pages | ISBN 9781477290453
E-Book | 208 pages | ISBN 9781477290460
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Amanda J. Jones, Ed.D. is an accomplished educator who has served in various capacities during her educational career. In addition to instructing pre-service teachers, she has served as a classroom teacher, director of the Reading First initiative, PreK-12 literacy coordinator, supervisor, PreK-12 district testing coordinator, curriculum writer, editor and grant writer in the Texas public school system. With numerous awards and distinctions to her credit, Jones graduated from Lamar University’s first traditional Doctor of Education program (Cohort I). She and her sister were recognized as the first sisters in Lamar’s history to receive their doctorates on the same day. She holds professional certification as a classroom teacher, school principal and superintendent. Her primary research interests include culturally responsive pedagogy, language learning and brain-based research.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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