Code-switching: an asset, not a crime.

Molly Wanless
Chapel Hill, NC

To develop and maintain respect in my middle school English classroom, I teach that there are many “right ways” to talk and write. With technology and society being what they are today, no one owns or “rules” the conventions of our language. My students understand that their language and mine are adaptive, and that it’s an asset if you know how to talk to different people in different settings for different purposes, rather than a curse or something to be ashamed of.


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