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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I guess it has always been something central to poliyics life but nothing I ever paid attention to. Email required Address never made public. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

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

Please log in using one of these methods to post delpitt comment: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. It is this belief and passion that is present in every example.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I thought that Delpit did an excellent job of breaking down a difficult subject and coming up with a solution that viable and realistic. When the teacher cares then so does the student. At the end of her essay she says. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

I believe that with the power of a teacher who cares a student can accomplish more than they possibly could before.


Lisa Delpit, “The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse”

Furthermore, they question whether they are acting as agents of oppression by insisting that students who are not already a part of the “mainstream” learn that discourse. Why do we assume that there is only one discourse of school, especially in light of the work that scholars do? 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.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Email required Address never made public. Search all titles Search all collections. 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.


Language and Linguistics in Context. Sandy Brusin October 26, at 1: Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Xelpit Story about the Perils For Delpit, the ability to transform discourse from within it is key, which means access to the discourse must be made or provided and then the discourse can be changed. This site uses cookies.

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Second, the teacher must recognize that there will be conflicts between the dominant discourse and the primary discourse, especially because they are not of similar social status. I think that queer literacy is the kind of second literacy that fits in the way Eiscourse discusses in many ways. Delpit takes the analysis deeper to show how these exceptions came to be and how they might be duplicated in the future.

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As they learned the dominant discourse, these students were able to acquire additional voices with which to speak. First Published 16 September Strategies of Academic Discourse.

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 think that Deplit has a strong point here. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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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. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Although theirjob is to teach literate discourse styles to all of their students, they question whether that is a task they can actually accomplish for poor students and students of color. Just how do those students Delpit teachinng develop mastery of the dominant, mainstream discourse?