What can be done to teach students which "voice" to use in their writing?Simple: include a steady diet of real history/math/literature analysis by experts (at a level students can comprehend). Be unashamed of academic style. Teach students about register and tone. Turn them into linguists, careful listeners of everyday speech in radically different contexts. Have them read and translate credit card fine print or instruction manuals. (Compare then with "--- for Dummies"--and why "Dummies" is both self-deprecating humor and societal judgment.) Distinguish between "right/wrong" and "accepted/weird." Explain how "weird" is sometimes a barrier to clarity or social power. Don't apologize for the way the world is. Explain it, and help students negotiate it.
Feb 12, 2007
finding the right voice: battling IM-speak in the classroom
IM-speak catches the attention of the EdWonk, who asks,