Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Education of Learning Disabled Children)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Susan K. Sperry

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Black English; Second language acquisition; Cultural awareness


The purpose of this paper was to acquaint the reader with an understanding of the language of Black English and how it related to educational success in teaching standard English. The understanding of Black English enabled these questions to be answered. Was it a highly structured and meaningful language? Was it a complex system complete with its own rules and formations? Did it have a vocabulary and pattern that was unacceptable and would hinder any chance for success in school? Could it be a useful ally in teaching standard English? Most importantly, the author hoped that by reading this paper, white teachers could determine the best methods for teaching standard English to black students.


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