Autumn Course Offering: African American Language and Literacies EDUTL 8306

African American Language and Literacies EDUTL 8306 (grad)

Dr. Elaine Richardson, The Ohio State University

Autumn Semester, 2018, Tuesdays 1:20-4:05pm

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This course examines research, theory and public commentary on African American language and literacies studies, highlighting new research and theories of language and literacy education that underscores the importance of carving out space for students’ lived experiences and literacy traditions as well as building support networks and practices through culturally relevant/sustaining pedagogies that are geared toward “self and collective empowerment.

The course also highlights cultural appropriation, cultural controversies, role of popular culture and their connection to what people “know” surrounding Black language. We will also explore Black/AALanguage as empowerment in freedom movement and critical public pedagogy through discourse, music, popular culture, sports. Students will design a final project, which reflects their interest in areas of study gained from course readings and activities.

Objectives: Those who successfully complete this course will

  • ·      Be better informed about what constitutes African American language, syntax, phonology
  • ·      See AAL as deep Black cultural and historical reservoir
  • ·      Become conversant in importance of connections between social identity, social relationships and learning
  • ·      Gain familiarity with research paradigms in African American language,literacy education
  • ·      Gain familiarity with major issues surrounding the politics of literacy, language education and educational policy with respect to African Americans
  • ·      Gain understanding of language repertoires, style/codeswitching, Black discourse and rhetorical styles
  • ·      Gain familiarity with scholarly literature and cultural commentary (e.g. Alim & Smitherman; Labov; Kirkland, Kynard, Kinloch; Muhammad;Paris; Rickford; Richardson;Tatum; Winn)
  • ·      Gain a support network for thinking through pedagogical, theoretical and community-based projects focused on African American language and literacies

Revitalize Teaching, Transform Learning

Revitalize Teaching, Transform Learning

Conference for Teachers @ Metro HS

Thursday-Friday June 14-15

8:30 a.m. – Check-in & Breakfast  |  9 a.m. – Opening  |  4 p.m. – Close

  • Keynote address by award-winning teacher, Linda Christensen, author of Rethinking Schools: Finding Joy and Justice in the Classroom
  • Revitalize your teaching through workshop presentations by leaders in the field and practical workshops led by innovative teachers and local artists working with faculty
  • Learn about courses offered that may be taken as part of a master’s program tailored to your needs, in consultation with an adviser
  • Network with teachers, administrators and other colleagues
  • Very affordable, and can gain CEU credit
  • Breakfast and lunch include

$100  |  2-day conference-only rate

$75  |  1-day conference-only rate

FREE  |  Included with Summer Institute enrollment

Register by June 7

Get Your First Job: A Two-Day Boot Camp — May 17, 18

The Graduate School, Ohio Union Activities Board, and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, are bringing back Get Your First Job, a two-day boot camp for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in careers in industry. 
SciPhD is the host of the Get Your First Job boot camp.
(Don’t be put off by the word science. These strategies apply to any field and career.)
Thursday, May 17
·         The Business of Science*
·         Communications for Scientists
Friday, May 18
·         Project Management for Scientists
·         Networking for Success
·         Behavioral Based Interview Experience
·         Negotiating with Your PI and Hiring Manager
Want to attend?  RSVP here.
Testimonials from 2017
“I liked that the speakers had very practical tips and tools that one could use. For example, their way of dissecting a job ad was incredibly helpful because there was an actual structured method behind it.”
“The networking opportunities were interesting and dynamic, and being able to access the materials afterwards for reference was extremely valuable.”
“The most valuable part of the workshop was the perspective shift that it provided between the academic and nonacademic job search. This is something I would not have realized on my own, and I believe it will greatly increase my chances of success when applying for jobs outside of academia. I felt that they made us aware of various job search and time management tools that we might not have known about otherwise.”

Tamara Roose: Winner of the 2017-2018 Outstanding Writing Instruction Award!

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program through the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing here at OSU announced that Tamara Rose, a graduate student from our department, won the 2017-2018 Outstanding Writing Instruction Award! This annual award recognizes a Graduate Teaching Associate who teaches writing in an innovative fashion: helping students overcome learning challenges, connecting writing to significant disciplinary concepts, and improving teaching based on assessment and feedback. Roose will receive a $200 award and a certificate of achievement. In addition to her monetary prize, Roose will participate in an episode of the WAC podcast–Write.Think.Teach.–to discuss how and why she used culturally sustaining pedagogy to improve her relationship with students. Congratulations, Tamara!