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ERIC Number: ED317061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Just Say No to He/Men, or Teaching Nonsexist Language in the ESL Classroom.
Kernberger, Carolyn
A discussion of the teaching of nonsexist language to learners of English as a Second Language (ESL) reviews the history of the awareness of gender bias in language, outlines the arguments for and against nonsexist language teaching, and concludes in favor of nonsexist language use in the second language classroom. It is proposed that those individuals who promote the use of sexist language should be called on to defend its underlying value system. The use of "he" and "man" and their derivatives to refer to people or animals of both sexes is seen as inaccurate. It is argued that while in formal writing, a pronoun should agree with its antecedent in both number and gender, the situation in speech is not parallel. The "singular they" is used widely and facilitates clear communication among native speakers, and should therefore be taught to ESL students as one acceptable form of pronoun usage. A 21-item reference list and brief bibliography are included, and appended materials consist of citations for the advocacy of nonsexist language use by professional organizations, journals, style manuals, textbooks, dictionaries, other publications, and English teachers. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A