Ebonics vs. Standard English
The United States is filled with many different ethnicities, cultures, customs, languages, etc. Supposedly, our public schools are equipped with classes, teachers, curriculums and materials in order to educate that part of the student population whose first language is something other than the English language. Bilingual classes, transitional classes, ESL classes are just a few of the programs that have been developed to instruct non-English speaking students in order for them to acquire the English language. However, there has been a language use among African American students; language that has not been examined closely nor acknowledged until recently. Ebonics is classified as Black English or Black sounds, or Pan African Communication Behavior or African Language systems which originate from the West African languages such as Ibo, Yoruba, and Hausa (Baron, 1997).
During the times of slavery, Ebonics was also spoken as Gullah, which is a combination of West African languages, and English. Ebonics is a term coined by psychologist Robert Williams, resulting from the combination of two words, ebony and phonics in order to describe its dialect. The controversy behind Ebonics is whether or not it is actually a language or and should it be instructed as a foreign language. Language is defined as a system of words formed from such combinations and patterns, used by the people of a particular country or by a group of people with a shared history or set of traditions (Baugh, 2003).
Ebonics is a form of communication of feelings, thoughts, opinions and ideas at is being used by our students in the classroom who feel very comfortable using Ebonics because they are accustomed to express themselves in that way. As a result of many students using Ebonics in a school setting, it has been recognized in our educational system and it is believed that the understanding, the application, the principles, the laws and the structure...