While I agree with the overall project of Lisa Delpit’s “The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse,” namely making sure that marginalized. -Lisa D. Delpit argues that acquiring the ability to function in a dominant Discourse does not mean that one should reject one`s home identity. I have encountered a certain sense of powerlessness and paralysis among many sensitive and well-meaning literacy educators who appear to.

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This site uses cookies. Delpit also writes that both students and parents of color may often demand that the dominant discourse be taught in the classroom in order 1 for students to be allowed access to the economic power that is associated with the dominate discourse; 2 to mimic the experience of others who have learned the dominant discourse in the classroom; and 3 to allow access to the dominant discourse in order to later transform or subvert it.

Language and Linguistics in Context. Gee states that dominant discourses could not be learned and were almost solely acquired through enculturation into that dominant discourse.

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Leave a Reply x Enter your comment here Posted by Michelle Morici at 5: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In this article the author examines and critiques one of the aspects of dominate discourse proposed by Gee in the article Literacy, Discourse, and Linguistic. Strategies of Academic Discourse. This article helps to demonstrate how a highly motivated and passionate teacher can change the life of their students.


I just don’t think it’s a fair assumption that Gee doesn’t care about students’ learning. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

I think that queer literacy is the kind of second literacy that fits in the way Delpit discusses in many ways. I think that Deplit has a strong point here. Search all titles Search all collections. Notify me of new comments via email.

About Me Michelle Morici View my complete profile. I hope here to speak to and help dispel that sense of paralysis and powerlessness and suggest a path of commitment and action that not only frees teachers to teach what they know, but to do so in a way that can transform and subsequently liberate their students. Along with this passionate belief there are three things that a teacher can do to help their studenst rise above their primary discourse pf attain a more socially powerful dominant discourse.

Email required Address never made public. Furthermore, they question whether they are acting as lkterate of oppression by politcs that students who are not already a part of the “mainstream” learn that discourse.

Teachers played an important role in, not only teaching students the dominant discourse, but also helping students believe that they could overcome the obstacles of their immediate surroundings.

Delpit finds neither to be true if we are willing to reach both outside the dominant discourse and within it when searching for og of how literaye the dominant discourse can liberate and effect change as well as how multiple discourses can be used without major conflict. Does it not smack of racism or classism to demand that these students put aside the language of their homes and communities and adopt a discourse that is not only alien, but that has often been instrumental in furthering their oppression?

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To substantiate her objections with the first position, Delpit includes stories of individuals that demonstrate that literate discourse can be acquired in the classroom setting.

I believe that with the power of a teacher who cares a student can accomplish more than they possibly could before. When someone believes in you it makes the world of a difference.

It also helps show how influential a teacher can be when they take the time to establish trust with their students and believe in what they are teaching. This site uses cookies. Gee also states that primary discourses are closely related to dominant discourses of similar status in our society, and that consequently, those born to a lower status primary discourse will not be able to gain a socially dominant discourse.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Deplit proves Gee wrong in this area by the information she uses. Specifically, Delpit is challenging the work of James Paul Gee as she problematizes the notions that 1 people who are not born in to the dominate discourse will find it exceedingly difficult to acquire, and 2 an individual born into one type of discourse will experience major conflicts when entering another discourse.

If a teacher tries to teach a discourse without acknowledging the primary, the student may feel alienated and resist learning. First Published 16 September You are commenting using your Facebook account. I guess it has always been something central to my life but nothing I ever paid attention to.

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