What can a speech-language pathologist do for adult literacy?
More than you think…
Sponsored by a Community and Civic Engagement Grant from the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Hamilton and the undergraduate research team of the LiLaC Lab (Literacy, Language, and Culture Lab) presented a workshop on March 21st to tutors and board members of the Lee County Literacy Coalition.
The workshop was entitled:
Training Reading Tutors to Recognize and Validate the Influence of Dialect
Attendees learned about the role that oral language plays in literacy; the role that dialect, specifically African American English, plays in culturally responsive teaching of reading; and how to build a strong rapport with adult learners from different cultural-linguistic backgrounds than themselves.
The undergraduate research team spent the past two semesters preparing for the workshop and revising the current reading assessment materials so that they reflected more culturally responsive pedagogy.
Thank you to Caroline Barber, Kaylin Hentschel, Monique Napier, Jaslyn Richardson, Alexis Smith, and Scott Tye; and of course Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts!