For the Module 3 Independent Research Project, select a single topic, idea, or concept from the Module 3 reading or discussion that especially interests you. These topics might include:

  • Verb paradigms in African-American English
  • Possessive pronouns in African-American English
  • Copula deletion/zero copula
  • Double modals
  • Habitual be
  • Preverbal markers finna, boutta, and/or tryna
  • Why it is important for ESL instructors to know about the grammar of 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