Women And Female Students Use Language Differently By Deborah Tannen

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Curtis Ford
Mr. Roemerman
Comp 1, Period 5
20 October, 2015
Classroom Communism
Should the education system change how things are taught in school because of the different language styles generally shown by males and females? However is everything as effective in practice as it is in theory, communism was not? There is plenty of evidence that suggests that men and women generally have different methods of communication that are more compatible with them. Research by Deborah Tannen suggests that men are more aggressive speakers while women are not. I have observed that education systems have started to shift from large group lecture formats to more group work to help the quiet students participate, and I have not witnessed an increase in productivity by the unaggressive speakers. This is contrary to what Mrs. Tannen predicted in her essay, “How Male and Female Students Use Language Differently.”
Deborah Tannen, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, wrote the book You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation (1990), the book included an essay titled “How Male and Female Students Use Language Differently” about differences in how both genders interact in classrooms differently and how it affects their learning. In her essay she claimed that males use language to fight for dominance, or the spotlight, while females use language to create personal relationships with others. Tannen used research from sociologists and anthropologists that claimed that
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