For the Module 1 Independent Research Project, select a single topic, idea, or concept from the Module 1 reading or discussion that especially interests you. These topics might include:

  • The names that have been used to refer to African-American English
  • “Standard” English
  • Other varieties of American English
  • Theories on the origin of African-American English
  • Why it is important for ESL instructors to know about African-American English

You may work individually or with a partner from any campus location. Once you (or you and your partner) have selected your topic, conduct some internet research to learn more about it. Then prepare a one-page summary of your findings to present to your fellow participants during your study group session. Your summary may be presented in narrative format, as a poster, or in a graphic organizer such as a RAFT.

After you have presented your findings, submit your work to the presenter for feedback. Be sure to include any questions you may have about your topic for the presenter.

Estimated time for this activity: 1 hour