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  • 1.The Skin That We Speak : Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom Edited By: Lisa Delpit Lauren Cramer, Rhiannon Plock, Ryan Solomon,Danielle Vitta, Briana Walsh Fox News and Black English

2. The Skin That We Speak

  • Twelve Chapters that tell personal experiences of teachers/professors, linguists and scholars in areas of language, culture and education.
  • Three Parts:
    • Part One: Language and Identity
    • Part Two: Language in the Classroom
    • Part Three: Teacher Knowledge

3. Trilingualism

  • Chapter 4 :Trilingualism (Judith Baker)
  • Trilingualism (adj): using or able to use three languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency.
  • 3 forms of the English language that most Americans need to learn in order to lead socially fulfilling and economically viable lives.

4. Trilingualism

    • Home English or dialect, which most students learn at home and recent immigrants often learn from peers, and which for the first and second generation immigrants may be a combination of English and their mother tongue.

5. Trilingualism

  • Formal or academic English, which is learned by many in school, from reading, and from the media, although it may also be learned in well-educated families.

6. Trilingualism

    • Professional the particular language of ones profession, which is most likely learned in college or on the job, or in vocational education.

7. Trilingualism

  • I see no reason why students have to be convinced that the way they talk is wrong in order to master formal English grammar and speech.
  • Trilingualism proves that there really is no wrong way of talking, it just depends on the setting that you are in and the speech, people that you are with.

8. Trilingualism

  • I speak English with my family, except for my grandparents. With my friends I speak English slang and sometimes Spanish. Sometimes when I speak Spanish I end up finishing my sentences in English because there is words that I dont know in Spanish.
    • Juanita: Puerto Rican but lived in Boston most of her life.

9. Trilingualism

  • Learning about the different types of standard English students become less afraid of how they speak and they become more conscious of how they are speaking in certain settings
  • They can weigh their options, choose how they want to speak and write in each new setting.

10. Code-Switching

  • Code-switching (n): the alternate use of two
  • or more languages or varieties of language, esp. within the same discourse.
  • Standard English vs. African American Language or African American Vernacular English (AAVE), Black English, Ebonics

11. Code-Switching

  • Chapter 3: No Kinda Sense (Lisa Delpit)
    • Maya: 11 years old, Middle-Class, African American, daughter of a university professor, Standard American English as first language but develops AAVE at her new school.
  • Quotes
  • She be all like, What chall talkin about? like she aint had no kinda sense.
  • M-m-m g-i-r-r-r-l, that sweet potato pie is smokin! I dont know how you do it, but that pie is callin my name!
  • Mom, you dont have to worry about me cause I know how to code switch!

12. Code-Switching

  • Why code-switch?
    • Done to fit in
    • Change according to setting
      • Home
      • School or Work
      • With Friends
  • How does one learn to code switch?
  • Seen throughoutThe Skin That We Speak

13. Code-Switching

  • Chapter 1: Ovuh Dyuh (Joanne Kilgour Dowdy)
  • Now mysoulcould find its way throughout my body, and I could feel at one with myinner reality .No morehesitationoftranslatingTrinidadian to British idiom, no more theself-doubtassociated with being perceived as asecond language learner .But now, at last, I had the dignity of shaping my world as I saw it and the ability to name the world the world in the way that I experienced it.I now had achoicebetween the ths and the des.

14. People Judged Based on Language

  • Linguicism (n): prejudicial stereotyping involved in blaming nonstandard speakers oral dialects for their academic failures (P-G)
  • Deficit or Difference? (Ch. 8 P-Gates)
  • Language and Class Membership (Ch. 8)
  • Standard English used to ward off stereotypes
  • ( Ch. 11 Meacham)
  • African American English = Unintelligence (Ch. 11)
  • Not just an American issue (Ch. 12 Wynne)

15. Relating My Personal Experiences to TSTWS

  • LC
  • Walking to the bus
  • Growing up, My mother and grandmother always corrected my grammar
  • Oreo Cookie
  • Talking White, Whatever that is???
  • TSTWS
  • Efforts from Dowdys mother and grandmother (Ch. 1 Dowdy)
  • Standard English = Talking right (Ch. 11 Wynne)
  • Standard English = Language of Power (Ch. 11)

16. Feelings of Inferiority

  • Journalism students feel inferior after winning an award (Ch. 12 Wynne)
  • African American parents would not speak in front of a group of mainstream parents (Ch. 12 Wynne)

17. What Can Be Done?

  • Accept, believe and act upon the belief that all children are learners (P-G)
  • Welcome different dialects of language in the classroom (P-G)
  • Learn from one another, and respect everyones language as valid (Wynne)
  • Realize that Standard English is a dialect (Wynne)
  • Diversify thoughts by bringing dialect
  • lessons into the classroom (Wynne)

18. Lingering Conflict in the Schools:Black Dialect vs. Standard Speech by Felicia R. Lee(The New York Times)

  • The Inner City Youths POV
  • There is a stigma with talking proper
  • Resistance of young
  • blacks to assimilate
  • Stereotypes: Nerds
  • Cant gain respect by
  • peers if they talk proper
  • Bilingualism
  • POV of Inner City Educators
  • Teachers constantly correcting students grammar
  • Teachers want to prepare their students for the mainstream
  • Have to speak well to gain respect
  • Young inner city youth need more positive role models (people of color)

19. What Should Teachers Do?

  • A teachers job is to provide access to the national standard as well as to understand the language the children speak sufficiently to celebrate its beauty.
  • Lisa Delpit

20. What Should Teachers Do?

  • Research has shown that the constant interruption and correction of Ebonics-influenced pronunciation and grammar many teachers employ in an effort to help their students become better speakers and readers actually cause students to subvocalize, fidget and guess at pronunciations all while also making them less confident, and consequently less likely to volunteer in the future.
  • So what should teachers do?

21. What Should Teachers Do?

  • Role-playing
    • Acting out instances of formal speech
      • Classroom news broadcasts
      • Drama productions
      • Videotaping speeches and self-critiquing
  • Students will learn the usefulness of different language styles in different contexts.

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