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Correct Pronunciation of Student Names: A Foundation for Language Learning

Correct Pronunciation of Student Names: A Foundation for Language Learning
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Author(s): Anita Bright (Portland State University, USA) and Christopher L. Cardiel (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 23
Source title: Beyond Language Learning Instruction: Transformative Supports for Emergent Bilinguals and Educators
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Alina Slapac (University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA) and Sarah A. Coppersmith (University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1962-2.ch002

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Abstract

Across multiple aspects of one's life, names matter, and this can be particularly important in a language-learning setting. Speaking to identity, belonging, community, individuality, temporality, and place, the names we carry—formal names, public names, pet names, nicknames, adopted names—serve as markers to identify the ways we nest into the broader context of the world. When our chosen names are mangled, tangled, or forgotten, the symbolic violence and resultant wounds have the potential to be devastatingly life-changing. In addition to providing an overview of naming practices and their significance, this chapter gives voice to ways pedagogical practices can be influenced by this urgency to know my students as whole, contextualized individuals, and to speak the names each student desires, working to identify the ways in which name factors into my professional practice as a critical educator.

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