Inside Books: ‘Vernaculars in the Classroom: Paradoxes, Pedagogy, Possibilities’ by Shondel Nero

Vernaculars in the Classroom:  Paradoxes, Pedagogy, Possibilities
By Shondel Nero and Dohra Ahmad
(Routledge, 2014)

“Language is central to the educational experience. It is both the medium of instruction, and the principal means through which ideas are engaged, knowledge is constructed, and learning is evaluated in a classroom,” write Shondel Nero and  Dohra Ahmad their new book, Vernaculars in the classroom: Paradoxes, pedagogy, possibilities. The authors draw on applied linguistics and literary studies to offer ways of engaging with vernacular language and literature in secondary and college classrooms.

The book is divided into two parts, with the first half of the book providing historical background on language and vernacular (a language or dialect native to a region) in schools. The second half of the book offers literary case studies from teaching, including texts written in vernacular Englishes from around the world.

“Our book demonstrates the intellectual, curricular, and pedagogical innovations that are possible through the interdisciplinary engagement of vernacular language and literature in the classroom,” writes Nero, associate professor of teaching and learning.

To learn more Shondel Nero’s research, read:
In the Public Schools: Educating Caribbean Creole English Speakers