The Politics of Language Presentation Notes and Handouts

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2017-04-08
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Webster, Jenny
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Honolulu: 2017 UH First-Year Writing Symposium
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In this assignment presentation, I’ll share how I modified curriculum from a colleague in Baltimore (and with the help of Mary Alexander) to “Introduce students to different forms of college-level writing” (FYW Hallmark #1).  In this assignment, The Politics of Language, students are introduced to the texts of Kai Davis (slam poetry), bell hooks (academic essay), Gloria Anzaldua (narrative essay) and Michael Tsai (news report), as they discuss the multiple languages, Englishes, vernaculars and slangs used in America today.  Students are asked to consider how these different ways of communicating are tied to identity.  They’re also asked to consider how language has been used to oppress and discriminate.  Finally, they are asked to explain whether or not teachers should allow various languages, Englishes and vernaculars to be used in the classroom.
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This talk was presented as part of Breakout Session 3 | Panel 3: "Multi-literacies in the FYW Classroom." These are the speaking notes and handouts from the talk.
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Argumentative Essay, Pidgin, Black Vernacular English, Standard English
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19 pages
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