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Title:Students + Teachers: The Words and Worlds Between Them
Author(s):Harvey, Michael
Subject(s):teachers, language, accent
Abstract:My research project asked the question: how do students respond to teachers that speak with an "accent" in relation to the course being taught (i.e. teacher of a foreign language, a lecture, TA's) and their perception of that teacher. In which classroom contexts does an "accent" lend credibility and in which kinds of courses does it sap credibility? I expanded this to include various forms of communication in order to better understand the judgments students have of teachers who communicate differently from themselves. I chose to do this project to reflect upon my own judgments of teachers, and in order to define my own language and communicative style.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:ENGL401 Spring 2011: Introduction to the Story of the English Language
Professor Catherine Viera
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-19

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    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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