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. If a teacher tries to teach a discourse without acknowledging the primary, the student may feel alienated and resist learning. 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.

When the teacher cares then so does the student. It is this belief and passion that is present in every example.

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 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. 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.

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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.


You are commenting using your WordPress. 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. Sandy Brusin October 26, at 1: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I believe that with the power of a teacher who cares a student can accomplish more than they possibly could before.

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. Notify me of new comments via email.

Email required Address never made public. I think that Deplit has a strong point here. You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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.

That seems to negate the work scholars are claiming can be done. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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 learn 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.

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.

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

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I have encountered a certain sense literwte 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. I guess it has always been something central to my life but nothing I ever paid attention to. This article helps to demonstrate how a highly motivated and passionate teacher can change the life of their students. I think that queer literacy is the kind of second literacy that fits in the way Delpit discusses in many ways. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Language and Linguistics in Context.

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This site uses cookies. I thought that Delpit did an excellent job of breaking down a difficult subject and coming up with a solution that viable and realistic.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: At the end of her essay she says. Why do we assume that there is only one discourse of school, especially in light of the work that scholars do?

Lisa Delpit, “The Politics of Teaching Literate Discourse”

poolitics You are commenting using your WordPress. Delpit takes the analysis deeper to show how these exceptions came to be and how they might be duplicated in the future.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Along with this passionate belief there are three things that a teacher can do to help their studenst rise above their primary discourse and attain a more socially powerful dominant discourse.