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Connections: Teaching "code meshing" in schools

Apr 25, 2018

How can we teach writing to diverse students? African American students are often pressured to "code switch" in academic settings, but the authors of a new book called Other People's English advocate for what they call "code meshing" -- allowing students to use African American English and other forms of English.

We talk to the authors about how to foster inclusion in the classroom. In studio:

  • Vershawn Young and Y'Shanda Rivera, co-authors of Other People's English: Code-Meshing, Code-Switching, and African American Literacy