Tutor profile: Camille L.
Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling: Il y une fille. La fille s'appelle Camille. Camille va a l'ecole pour enseigner ses élèves. 1) Qui y'a t'il? 2) Comment s'appelle la fille? 3) Que fait-elle?
1) Il y a une fille 2) La fille s'appelle Camille 3) Elle va a l'ecole pour enseigner ses élèves.
Identify the 6 different types of phrases and write a sentence using that includes at least one adjective, one adverb, one prepositional phrase, and one appositive phrase.
1. Prepositional phrases, appositive phrases, gerund phrases, participial phrases, infinitive phrases, absolute phrases. 2. Ms. Goering, the enthusiastic teacher, excitedly teaches her class of happy students.
Reading: Baldwin’s “If Black English Isn’t a Language then I don’t Know What Is” Delineate Baldwin's argument that Black English is a language. What factors, according to Baldwin, determine whether or not a language is "real"?
Baldwin argues that languages arise out of a need to describe and control one's environmental circumstances, to make peace with impending death, and to wield power and agency over one's life. He makes the argument that Black English is a language because it effectively "permits the nation its only glimpse of reality." (Baldwin, 1979, p.2). He goes on to prove that the criticism of Black English is not a valid criticism of its linguistic merits, but rather a racist devaluation of the Black experience. He states that "it is not the Black American's language that is described, it is his experience" (p.2). In examining and invalidating the counter-arguments to his position, Baldwin strengthens his point that Black English is, indeed, a language, and that it empowers those who speak it by allowing them to shape their realities.
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