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Author(s): Keith Gilyard
Winner of an American Book Award, Voices of the Self explores key issues of language education for African Americans and other persons of color.
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Winner of an American Book Award, Voices of the Self explores key issues of language education for African Americans and other persons of color. Using his own autobiographical narrative as a focal point, Keith Gilyard explores how he, a native Black English speaker in an urban public school environment, not only acquired Standard English language skills but also acquired the sociolinguistic competence needed to participate successfully in mainstream settings. He combines this self-analysis with explorations of more universal issues of language pedagogy, including a discussion of language development and the differences between Black English and Standard English. Gilyard’s personal and professional perspective proves useful to teachers interested in helping African American students develop their ability to communicate in mainstream settings. Wayne State University Press. 177 pp. 1991. Grades K–College. ISBN 10: 0-8143-2225-5; ISBN 13: 978-0-8143-2225-3.