Dissertation Project

“STOP KILLING MY VIBE”: A Critical Language Pedagogy for Speakers of African American Language is a qualitative research project that takes place in two high school English classes among urban youth. The purpose of the study is two-fold. First, it explores the youth’s understanding of the role African American Language (AAL) plays in their everyday lives. Next, it traces their attitudes over a series of assignments to see if a pedagogically grounded curricular innovation can improve their negative attitudes toward AAL.