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ERIC Number: ED098613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Pages: 7
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The English Teacher and Doublespeak.
Glissmeyer, Gloria
Doublespeak can be defined as language which is purposely ambiguous, deceptive, or evasive. If we want to promote integrity between act and word, we must teach by living out of the kind of consistency which we hope for in others. Functioning honestly in departmental and pedagogical as well as other personal dealings can be the most effective thing English teachers can do to counter the flood of doublespeak. By realizing that sender-message-receiver-context are intermeshed in complicated ways in the language act, students can study and avoid semantic abuses. Students can also explore aspects of the medium of language and discover ways in which the public is manipulated through language. The study of rhetorical principles can help students avoid using doublespeak while helping them recognize others' doublespeak. To ask students to write in certain highly artificial situations is to ask them to produce doublespeak. However, appropriate writing instruction in all the school years can help preserve students' authentic thoughts and emotions. Teachers should also work to develop students' media literacy skills so that students can begin to recognize and deal with public doublespeak. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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