Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 10:18:58 -0500
From: "Jeutonne P. Brewer" jpbrewer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAMLET.UNCG.EDU
Subject: Re: Banning words in class

On Wed, 25 Mar 1998, sonja lanehart wrote:

In my Intro to Sociolinguistics class Winter 1998 quarter, a couple of the
students who are TAs for the intro composition class said they tried to
ban the filler "like" in speech but had to give up the ban because
students found they couldn't construct a thought without using it.
Apparently the students just decided not to talk during class because the
task of censoring their words was too much for them to overcome--or
adjust. --SL

Sonja L. Lanehart

Good point. I think trying to ban words in class is more trouble
than its worth. Also, this approach puts the responsibility for
monitoring on the instructor rather than on the student.

Jeutonne P. Brewer, Associate Professor
Department of English
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27412
email: jpbrewer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]