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Old 05-13-2019, 04:54 PM   #261 (permalink)
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I'd feel like a cultural terrorist trying to force whiteness on them to erase a part of themselves, like I was whipping them and telling them that their name was Toby.
That’s an apt analogy. Anyone who thinks that’s overstated go tell the sweetest little girl you ever met that the way her mother speaks is “wrong”.
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Old 05-13-2019, 05:18 PM   #262 (permalink)
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That’s an apt analogy. Anyone who thinks that’s overstated go tell the sweetest little girl you ever met that the way her mother speaks is “wrong”.
Where she at, I'll let that bitch know what's up.
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Old 05-13-2019, 05:33 PM   #263 (permalink)
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That’s an apt analogy. Anyone who thinks that’s overstated go tell the sweetest little girl you ever met that the way her mother speaks is “wrong”.
That's a nice way to bring it to perceptual level but just imagine if an invading army of time travelers forced Americans to learn Old English cause we were all speaking the wrong English. You can't tell them that your bastardized form of English is in fact the right form of English, but it is your form of English that you use on a day to day basis to speak to your friends, family, and most people you deal with so who are a bunch of medieval *******s to tell you that you should speak to all the people in your culture how they speak to the people in their culture?
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:34 PM   #264 (permalink)
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****ing white people know what they're saying, it's not a different language, so who ****ing cares? Language is simply a means to communicate and if two people can communicate then why does it matter if their syntaxes aren't a carbon copy of each other? When language becomes a means to separate races and classes then it's not the person being criticized who needs to shut the **** up.
^ I must try to remember this next time you go full grammar nazi on someone.
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Yeah, I get what you guys are saying, and OH's image of a little girl and her mum's English is a good illustration. Not always, but I often try to squeeze in the word "grammatically" when I'm correcting students. I'm not judging them or their ideas, I hope I'm making a neutral observation that they are not using what is known as accepted grammar.
Ideally, teachers should also explain to students how there are different tones and formalities in English. In formal written English you should use accepted grammar, but what OH's little girl and her mum say at home is entirely their business. So the little girl's mum's English is not "wrong" it's just not appropriate for advancing academically.

Also, of course, I have the advantage of teaching smallish groups in a less charged atmosphere than OH's classes in the US. I don't have to cope with that tension between social class, race and type of English, but if you explain about appropriate tone for different situations, perhaps some of that tension can be diffused.

And finally a note on corrections. Plenty of teachers (even me on a good day) use this method:
i) get students working in groups,
ii) prowl around with ears/eyes open to notice important errors
iii) when students have expressed their ideas, put some of the errors you noticed on the board
This way you can correct grammar without embarrassing/interrupting individual students.
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The other finally is that I have the advantage of teaching in a less charged atmosphere than in the US. I don't have to cope with that tension between social class, race and type of English, but if you explain about appropriate tone for different situations, perhaps some of that tension can be diffused.
I don't know that it's entirely a question of being charged, but we're a nation of 300 million people dispersed over a landmass the size of a continent. The idea that we could have a uniform anything is a lie of modern history. In any other time period without modern forms of communication we would simply culturally evolve into countless cultures that had little to do with one another, but because of modern technology we are thrust together with the idiotic notion that all of us should naturally be the same simply because we all have "America" labeled on our butts.

Without the "benefit" of electricity and whatnot we'd all eventually be different cultures the same as Europe is assuming Europe hadn't evolved with Morse code and radio and whatnot after the fall of the Roman Empire.
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So the little girl's mum's English is not "wrong" it's just not appropriate for advancing academically.
I delicately and painstakingly made that point.

With ESOL (as we called them) I didn’t give a ****. I’m talking about black kids whose native language is English. They have just as much right to the ownership of their native tongue as anyone. 90% of it is verb conjugation which should be ****ing irrelevant whether it’s a medical journal or a text to a friend. If it’s communicated then mission accomplished.
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but the degree to which adult students I've peer reviewed sux the ass at formal writing actually upset me
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I don't know that it's entirely a question of being charged, but we're a nation of 300 million people dispersed over a landmass the size of a continent. The idea that we could have a uniform anything is a lie of modern history. In any other time period without modern forms of communication we would simply culturally evolve into countless cultures that had little to do with one another, but because of modern technology we are thrust together with the idiotic notion that all of us should naturally be the same simply because we all have "America" labeled on our butts.

Without the "benefit" of electricity and whatnot we'd all eventually be different cultures the same as Europe is assuming Europe hadn't evolved with Morse code and radio and whatnot after the fall of the Roman Empire.
^ Very good points about technology and how it promotes/maintains a standardised language. I like the bit about Europe moving from the Roman Empire to Morse code.
Perhaps I'm missunderstanding what you wrote (in bold): the USA has plenty of uniform stuff: rules of the road, domestic voltage, money, etc. And on the topic of language, even a uniform accepted language allows for variations of spelling, pronunciation, etc. It's not like everyone in America is being forced to speak like Gore Vidal.
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:16 PM   #269 (permalink)
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but the degree to which adult students I've peer reviewed sux the ass at formal writing actually upset me
Well then your idea of how formal writing defines how people should speak should be shot in the head because speach only exists to communicate ideas and if people are effectively communicating ideas to one another then there is no problem.
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In my experience, not being able to write for **** usually translates to not being able to communicate for ****, usually in the form of jarbled ass sentences. Also, given that speach is meant to communicate ideas, wouldn't a standardized system yield better results?
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