African American Linguists (AAL)

Promoting World Languages in the African-American Community

 

AAL is making the transition from an organization to a network and we’re using facebook as our members’ forum. Please find and like us at www.facebook.com/AfricanAmericanLinguists and tell your friends who might share in our mission to do the same. Also feel free to post related photos, announcements, links to papers/presentations or information about events on our page.

Founded in 2004 by Spanish professors Tamari Jenkins and Krishauna Hines-Gaither. Since then there have been up to 80 members/supporters and dozens of students have been awarded scholarships. In 2012 the founders made the decision to transition the organization to a network. Members/network friends can come together to gain information, share research and collaborate on projects. This facebook page will serve as a forum where African Americans who are working/studying in the field of foreign languages will feel less isolation and a part of community that shares in this mission.

Diversity/Alternative Instruction

Language Acquisition/Learning; Bilingualism

  • Hadley, A.O (2000). Teaching Language In Context
  • Heining-Boynton, A.L. (2006) 2005-2015 Realizing our vision of languages for all
  • Krashen, S. (1996). Under attack: The case for bilingual education
  • Krashen, S. (1982). Principles & practices in second language acquisition
  • Krashen, S. (1981). Second Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning
  • McNeil, A. (2004). How to learn a foreign language 
  • Muhammad, J.S. (2003). Global child
  • Phillips & Terry. (1999). Foreign Language Standards: Linking Research, Theories, and Practices
  • Savignon, S. (1997). Communicative Competence: Theory and Classroom Practice

Minorities in World Languages

  • Brigman, S.L., & Jacobs L.C (1981) Participation and success of minority students in university foreign language programs. Modern Language Journal, 65, 371-376

  • Clark, B. (1980). An experiment in ethnicity and foreign languages in a Black college. Foreign Language Annals, 13, 411-414

  • Davis, James. (2000). Reflections on the history & future of foreign language education at historically Black colleges & universities. Reflecting on the Past to Shape the Future. National Textbook Company
  • Davis, James (1992). African American students & foreign language study. Eric Digest (EDO-FL-08-91). Center for applied linguistics. Washington, D.C, (pp. 2)
  • Davis, James. (1991). Student attitudes toward language study at historically and predominantly Black institutions. Foreign Language Annals, Vol 24, 3. (227-237)
  • Davis, James. (1990). Are we failing our students in foreign languages & international studies at HBCUs? Black Issues in Higer Education, Vol 7, 15 (72)
  • Davis, James. (1889). Foreign language study & programs for Afro-Americans: An annotated bibliography. Journal of Negro Education. Vol 58, 4 (558-67) 
  • Guillaume, A.J. (1994). Whose language is it anyway?: Minority participation within our reach. ADFL Bulletin 25,3 (65-68)
  • Hubbard, L. (1980) The minority student in foreign languages. Modern Language Journal, 64, 75-80

  • Huber, Bettina J. (1990). Incorporating minorities into foreign language programs: The challenge of the nineties. ADFL Bulletin 21,2
  • _____(2004). College-bound black students are making inroads in advanced placement tests. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

    http://www.jbhe.com/features/44_advanced_placement.html

  • Lange, D. (1991). Implications of recent reports on teacher education reform for departments of foreign languages and literatures. ADFL Bulletin 23, 28-34
  • Moore, Z. (2004).African-American students' opinions about foreign language study: An exploratory study of low enrollments at the college level. Foreign Language Annals 31, 2 pgs. 191-200
  • Moore, Z, & English, M. (1998). Successful teaching strategies: Findings from case study of middle school African Americans learning Arabic. Foreign Language Annals, 31, 347-357.

  • Peters, G. (1994). On dilemmas of diversity: Observations on efforts to increase minority participation in German. ADFL Bulletin, 21, 5-11

  • Speiller, J. (1998). Factors that influence high school students’ decisions to continue or discontinue the study of French and Spanish after levels II, III, and IV. Foreign Language Annals, 21, 535-545

  • Turner, J.S. (1992). Foreign language study at black colleges. Humanities. Jan-Feb
  • Wilberschied, L. & Jean-Louis P. D. (1995). Increasing the Number of Minority FL Educators: Local Action to Meet a National Imperative. Modern Language Journal 79 (1-14)
  • National Center for Educational Statistics: HBCUs 1976-2001
  • National Center for Educational Statistics Electronic Catalogue
  • The Black Excel College Newsletter Archive
  • African-American Students and Foreign Language Study
  • University of Northern Iowa: Why study foreign languages?

African Diaspora

  • Aimes, H.H.S (1967) A history of slavery in Cuba 1511-1868. Octagon Books Inc, New York
  • Barton, P.A. (2001). A history of the African-Olmecs: Black civilizations of America from prehistoric times to the present era
  • Beltran, Gonzalo Aguirre (1996). Slave trade in Mexico. Hispanic American Review, August
  • Beltran, Gonzalo Aguirre (1979). Regions of refuge. Society for Applied Anthropology, Washington D.C
  • Beltran, G.A. (1975). "Mexican Society in Transition: The Blacks of Vera Cruz, 1750-1830." Diss. University of Texas at Richmond, D. (2001). The legacy of African slavery in colonial Mexico. Journal of Popular Culture, Fall 2001 v35i2 p1(16)
  • Blassingame. (1979). The slave community
  • Davis, A.Y. (1983). Women, race & class
  • Davis, James. (2003). Afro-Uruguayan Literature: Post-colonial perspectives by Marvin A. Lewis. College Language Association Journal. Vol XLVII, 1 (105-109)
  • Davis, James. (1999). Black writers & Latin America: Cross cultural affinities by Richard Jackson. Black Issues in Higher Education. Feb. 18 (p. 53)
  • Davis, James. (1993). Afro-Hispanic literature: An anthology of Hispanic writers of African Ancestry by Ingrid Watson Miller. Afro-Hispanic Review. Vol 12, Spring  (59-60)
  • Davis, D.J. (1995). Slavery and beyond: The African impact on Latin America and the Caribbean. Juguar Books, Delaware.
  • Fox, A.A, (1998). Latinoamérica: Presente y pasado. Prentice Hall, NJ
  • Harris, J. et.al. (1993).  Global dimensions of the african diaspora
  • Jenkins, E. (1996). Pan-African chronology II: A comprehensive reference to the Black quest for freedom in Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia 1865-1915 (Pan-African Chronology)
  • Klein, H.S. (1986). African slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean. Oxford University Press, New York & Oxford.
  • Price, R. (1996). Maroon Societies. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore & London
  • Tannenbaum, F. (1947). Slave and Citizen: The Negro en the Americas. Knoph, New York
  • Williams, E. (1970). From Columbus to Castro: The history of the Caribbean
  • Wright, M. (2004). Becoming black: Creating identity in the african diaspora

 

Education

  • Armstrong, T. (1994). Multiple Intelligences in the classroom
  • Cahn, S.M. (1997). Classic & contemporary readings in the philosophy of education
  • Fader, D. (1996). The naked children 
  • Lynchburg College. (1997). Classical selections on great issues: Education: ends & means 
  • Reed & Johnson. (2000). Philosophical documents in education
  • Wallinger. (2002). Teaching in changing times: The courage to lead

Activism/Leadership

  • Davis, A.Y. (1989). Women, culture & politics
  • Davis, A.Y. (1983). Women, race & class
  • Giovanni, N. (2003). Prosaic soul of Nikki Giovanni
  • Guevara, Che. (2003). Che Guevara Reader: Writings on politics & revolution
  • Kliebard, H.M. (2002). Changing course: American curriculum reform in the 20th century 
  • Martinez, D. (1994). Mother Tongue
  • Perkins, M. (2000). Autobiography as activism: Three black women of the sixties
  • Wallinger. (2002). Teaching in changing times: The courage to lead
  • West, C. (1993). Race matters

Sheer Pleasure Reads

Allende, I. (1982). House of spirits

Codell, E.R. (2001). Educating Esme: Diary of a teacher's first year

Esquivel,L. (1994). Like water for chocolate

García-Márquez,G. (2004). One hundred years of solitude (Oprah's book club)

Giovanni, N. (2003). Prosaic soul of Nikki Giovanni

Tafolla, C. (2001). Sonnets & salsa

 

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