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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“The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse” – Delpit (Comment)

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At the end of her essay she says. 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. Teachers played an important role in, not only teaching students the dominant ljsa, but also helping students believe that they could overcome the obstacles of their immediate surroundings.

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Email required Address never made public. 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.

Notify me of new comments via email. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here One of her examples if Mike Rose. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I guess it has always been something central to my life but nothing I ever paid attention to.

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?


You are commenting using your WordPress. I just don’t think it’s a fair assumption that Gee doesn’t care about students’ learning. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

“The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse” – Delpit (Comment) – English

I have encountered a certain sense of powerlessness and paralysis among many sensitive and well-meaning literacy educators who appear to be caught in the throes of a dilemma. Deplit proves Gee wrong in this area by the information she uses. When the teacher cares then so does the student.

By recognizing these conflicts, a teacher can incorporate a curriculum that helps students learn how these conflicts came to be and how their primary discourse relates to them.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. 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.

Gee states that teacihng discourses could not be learned and were almost solely acquired through enculturation into that dominant discourse. 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.

I think that queer literacy is the kind of discourze literacy that fits in the way Delpit discusses in many ways. Gee just doesn’t think that students can master a secondary discourse in the traditional classroom — and I’m not so sure that if we didn’t look closely at the examples that Delpit offers of students who did llsa a secondary discourse in school, we wouldn’t see that these students didn’t just learn in the classroom, but also through what Gee calls “acquisition.

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


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. Just how do those students Delpit cites develop mastery of the dominant, mainstream discourse?

Strategies of Academic Discourse: “The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse” by Lisa Delpit

When someone believes in you it makes the world of a difference. Delpit finds neither to be true if we are pf 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.

Email required Address never made public. What might multi-literacy look like? This article helps to demonstrate how a highly motivated and passionate teacher can change the life of their students. First Published 16 September Strategies of Academic Discourse. 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. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: To find out more, including how literats control cookies, see here: I thought that Delpit did an excellent job of breaking down a difficult subject and coming up with a solution that viable and realistic.

Lisa Delpit, “The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse”

Sandy Brusin October 26, at 1: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Why do we assume that there is only one discourse of school, especially in light of the work that scholars do?

As they learned the dominant discourse, these students were able to acquire additional voices with which to speak.