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ERIC Number: ED397411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Pages: 17
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Ethical Issues in Language Use.
Swartz, Patti Capel
English instructors often find themselves in a position of upholding what they realize is an institutional form of racism and classism. Such "standards" presuppose a "correct" language form, one that is often stultifying and unchanging. In today's college classrooms, many English as a Second Language students appear whose intelligence is unquestioned, but whom many teachers expect to write in solely American "academic English" convention. In "Talking Back," bell hooks relates that despite a lack of Black women teachers in English departments and despite overt and institutional racism in the predominantly White classrooms in which she was a student, she determined not to become an oppressor. English instructors must read student papers as whole written thoughts worthy of consideration, re-see their visions of language, and understand the hidden agendas of language use just as they have come to see the hidden curriculum in schools. They must realize, as the movie "American Tongues" points out, that all students come from dialectical backgrounds, some of these backgrounds having very entrenched systems of thought. Contains 43 references. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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