Academic English as a Second Language for Gaps
           Gulbahar H. Beckett, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, OH
ABSTRACT  
For decades, research has pointed to significant gaps between African American 
and White student academic achievement. In this article, I critically discuss the 
literature on African American student academic achievement from pedagogical, 
cultural, and sociolinguistic perspectives. I then argue for a stronger linguistic 
and pedagogical approach to bridge the gap and propose a curriculum idea that 
teachers may find useful should they decide to adopt this approach. 

		Academic Exchange Quarterly  Spring 2009: Volume 13, Issue 1  
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