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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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Notify me of new comments via email. You are commenting using your Lsia. 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.

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If a teacher tries to teach a discourse without acknowledging the primary, the student may feel alienated and resist learning. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It also helps teachijg how influential a teacher can be when they take the time to establish trust with their students and believe in what they are teaching.

I think that Deplit has disclurse strong point here. 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. Why do we assume that there is only one discourse of school, especially in light of the work that scholars do? Gee states that dominant discourses could not be learned and were almost solely acquired through enculturation into that dominant discourse.

As they learned the dominant discourse, these students were able to acquire additional voices with which to speak. I thought that Delpit did an excellent job of breaking down a difficult subject and teh up with a solution that viable and realistic. Please log literafe using one of these methods to post your comment: You are commenting using your Twitter account. When someone believes in you it makes the world of a difference.


I believe ligerate with the power of a teacher who cares a student can accomplish more than they possibly could before. Delpit finds neither to teachihg true if we are willing to reach both outside the dominant discourse and within it when searching for examples of how learning the dominant discourse can liberate and effect change as well as how multiple discourses can be used without major conflict.

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What can teachers do? When a teacher cares it makes all the difference in a students work. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

That seems to negate the work scholars are claiming can be done. 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.

At the end of her essay she says. I guess it has always been something central to my life but nothing I ever paid attention to. 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. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Delpit takes the analysis deeper to show how these exceptions came to be and how they might be duplicated in the future.

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. Email required Address never made public. A Story about the Perils Sandy Brusin October 26, at 1: Strategies of Academic Discourse.


One repeating factor in every example of a person gaining a dominant discourse that is socially more powerful than their primary discourse is that they had a teacher who believed that the student is not limited by their primary discourse and that they could learn to operate and be accepted into a more socially powerful dominant discourse.

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I think that queer literacy is the kind of second literacy that fits in the way Delpit discusses in many ways. First Published 16 September It is this belief and passion that is present in every example.

Lisa Delpit, “The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse”

Deplit proves Gee wrong in this area by the information she uses. 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. What might multi-literacy look like?

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 teacuing to acquire, and 2 an individual born into one type of discourse will experience major conflicts when entering another discourse.

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