2022 LLA Slow Chat - National Council of Teachers of English

Talking Points @ncte_lla Twitter slow chat

August 1–5, 2022


LLA will be hosting a conversation around our Talking Points recent interview with Drs. April Baker-Bell and Gloria Boutte from August 1–5, 2022. You can get free access to this article here. We welcome all educators to join in our conversation, especially our LLA members.

These are the questions that we’ll be responding to during the #llachat22:

[Note: AAL/BL used interchangeably]  

Q1: Dr. Baker-Bell writes of the concept of linguistic justice in her book of the same title. Linguistic justice acknowledges that students come into the classroom with a very rich language. What does linguistic justice mean to you? 

Q2: Dr. Boutte’s book We Be Lovin’ Black Children (edited with Drs. Joyce King, George Johnson, Jr., and LaGarrett King) offers strategies and activities that educators, families, and communities can use to love Black children. What are some ways that you want to—or plan  to—honor the language children bring into the classroom? What would it look, feel, and sound like in your classroom?  

Q3: We members of LLA know Black language is a sophisticated language and educators must view it as a strength to build upon for meaningful learning experiences. But we also know it is not always treated as such. What ways have you seen Black language treated in schools in recent years? 

Q4: In the interview, Dr. April Baker-Bell talks of “radical self-work.” Why is this important for you as a teacher to engage in radical self-work?  What is the first step you might take in your personal journey? 

Q5: In the article, Dr. Baker-Bell and Dr. Boutte make it clear that when phonics instruction corrects students’ phonology, it devalues the identities of young children. What are steps we can take as teachers to make sure we provide phonics instruction that values the identities of our students? 

Join us on Twitter using #llachat22.