By Mary R. Harmon
Beyond Grammar: Language, strength, and the study room asks readers to consider the facility of phrases, the facility of language attitudes, and the facility of language rules as they play out in groups, in academic associations, and of their personal lives as members, academics, and members within the higher group. each one bankruptcy presents prolonged dialogue of a collection of serious language concerns that without delay impact scholars in school rooms: the political nature of language, the ability of phrases, hate language and bullying, gender and language, dialects, and language rules.
Written for pre-service and training lecturers, this article addresses how academics can alert scholars to the realities of language and power--removing language learn from a “neutral” nook to situate it in the context of political, social, and cultural concerns. constructing a severe pedagogy approximately language guide might help educators take into account that school rooms can both continue current inequity or handle and minimize inequity via serious language study.
A universal framework constructions the chapters of the textual content:
* every one bankruptcy starts with an outline of the language factor in query, and contains references for extra learn and for school room use, and gives functions for school room teachers.
* a number of references to the preferred press and the breadth of language matters discovered therein foreground present concept on socio-cultural language matters, attitudes, criteria, and regulations present in the culture(s) at large.
* References to present and up to date occasions illustrate the language issue’s value, cartoons handle the problem, and short “For suggestion” actions illustrate the purpose being mentioned and expand the reader’s wisdom and awareness.
* “Personal Explorations” ask readers to move past the textual content to advance extra realizing; “Teaching Explorations” ask lecturers to use bankruptcy content material to educating situations.
Beyond Grammar: Language, energy, and the study room is intended for undergraduate and master’s point classes that deal with literacy schooling, linguistics, and problems with language and tradition.
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Extra resources for Beyond grammar : language, power, and the classroom
Do any of the headlines use “loaded,” value-laden language as a way of presenting a particular perspective on the issue? 32 CHAPTER 2 2. Ask your students to look at different grammar books that you bring in to the classroom and do an analysis of the perspectives on linguistic variation in each of the texts. How does each one present information on language variation and dialect variation? Do any of them move beyond a simple description of “correct” and “incorrect”? What are the specific labels used?
Manipulation of syntax as well as word choice, as will be discussed in chapter 5 on language and gender, also subtly conveys intended meanings. Passive constructions, for example, are sometimes used to avoid assigning a specific agent or source of action in the sentence. I could have written the previous sentence to read, “Speakers sometimes use passive constructions to avoid assigning …,” but I chose to write it in the passive. The rhetorical choices and decisions speakers and writers make depend on what they wish that structure to accomplish.
Clearly Cisneros recognizes the harm words can cause. My mother used to say something that really sums up what Cisneros knows about the power of language. ” (Hendricks) On the first day of her Language and Education class, Mary asks her students to introduce themselves and to recall a language usage they had found particularly distasteful as well as one they had especially liked. Many report words of praise they’ve been given or the special nicknames their friends and families have called them in affection.
Beyond grammar : language, power, and the classroom by Mary R. Harmon