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ERIC Number: ED241952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Sexist Language and the Classroom: Exercises and Activities.
Wade, Barbara
Observing that educators can have a healthy impact on students by making them aware of the implications of sexist language, its distortions and ambiguity as well as its demeaning and alienating effect on females, this paper presents a number of exercises and activities on sexist and nonsexist language usage both for high school and college English classes and for teacher education classes. Exercises for English classes are divided into several categories: (1) introductory consciousness raising, (2) connotative/denotive language, (3) clarity, (4) audience response, (5) sexist language in literature, and (6) nonsexist usage. The section for teacher preparation classes starts with consciousness-raising activities that concern both the use of sexist language in academic contexts and the origins and justifications of the generic masculine. Practical application activities that follow include tactics for combating the effects of sexist materials on students and simulation experiences in evaluating books and materials on the basis of their sexist or nonsexist applications. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A