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African American Linguists (AAL)

Promoting World Languages in the African American Community

Dynamic Afro-Latino Resources

CLICK HERE for resources on the Afro-Garifuna, Afro-Dominican, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Mexican, Afro-Colombian, and Afro-Cuban cultures and more!

Resources & Information


Dr. Reginald Bess of Morris College, SC speaks on the German SIG's efforts to diversify German programs to include Afro-German cultures.

Dr. Zena Moore presents at the ACTFL Convention on African-American Students' beliefs on world language study. She is a forerunner as a researcher who investigates African-Americans in World Language Programs. Dr. Moore is also the Chair of the ACTFL SIG: Educators of African-American Students.

Presentations, Trainings, Workshops

Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither is available for classroom/departmental presentations, public speaking, trainings and workshops (click here).  

Linking Pedagogy to the African Diaspora

In the spirit of Black History Month, AAL looked for ways to globalize the discussion so that it goes beyond the borders of the United States and is inclusive of the African diaspora. In order to broaden the discussion of African-Americans, AAL joined with world language departments of the public school system to give presentations on Afro-Latino & Afro-Francophone cultures. The purpose of the presentation is two fold 1) to educate all students about the diversity of Spanish and French Speaking Countries. 2) to create a link between the African-American community and the African diaspora. AAL hopes that this connection will encourage and influence more African-Americans to pursue the study of world languages so that they may become more marketable in a global society.

Krishauna Hines-Gaither gives an Afro-Latino presentation for Mrs. Angie Nelson-Pico's 5th grade classes at Bolton Elementary School in NC.


Thanks for a wonderful presentation. The kids loved you. It was easy to see the way they crowded around you at the end and reacted during the presentation. Thanks for making a positive impact on their day. I guarantee that you made an impression that some will carry with them always not just today. That is one of the best benefits of being a teacher. Angie

Strategies for African American Centered Pedagogy

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African-American Students of World Language

Click here for strategies for engaging African-American students

Precautions when Implementing Multicultural Pedagogy

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What does the research say?

  • Results of AAL study on the Strategies for the Retention of African American Students in World Languages (presented at ACTFL)