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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

The Writing Performance in English of African Heritage Students in Two Urban Environments: Birmingham, England and Kingston, Jamaica

Publication Date: 
June 2016

This paper provides a comparative analysis of the writing performance in English of African heritage students in Birmingham, England and Kingston, Jamaica. The study explores the effects of language use on the written production of English among African heritage students in two geographical locations, Birmingham, England and Kingston, Jamaica. Particular attention is drawn to the effects of Jamaican Creole usage in Jamaica and Creole/Black British Talk in England, on the achievement levels of African heritage students. The paper argues that students’ use of language may be a contri-butory factor to their attainment levels in English General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations in England, and Caribbean Secondary Education Certifi- cate of the Caribbean Examinations Council in Jamaica.

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