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					Coeducation
How male and female students use language
differently ' explained the difference in the way
men and women converse
in class . She is somewhat of an authority figure
in the area of language
and in fact has written a number of books about
the topic . In this essay
she tries to convince her readers that males and
females communicate in
different ways inside the classroom by describing
a little experiment
that she had conducted in her own class . I think
the author is effective
in convincing the readers that men and women
do talk differently . She
was able to vividly describe how males usually
respond more to debates
and attacks and verbal challenges while women
tend to be more responsive
to open ended questions that are unchallenged
and respected . However , I
also feel that her essay was not that effective
because people who are
not acquainted with the study of language and
communication patterns may
not understand the little experiment she did .
Also , the fact that she
did an experiment without informing her students
was definitely
unethical . It can be argued that the experiment
did not pose any threat
to the students but she still did not follow ethical
guidelines in the
conduct of research with human participants .
Moreover , the results of
her experiment did not entirely support her
claims because she found
that race and culture did affected the way her
students wanted to
perceive their communication patterns .
On the second page , discuss which contexts
where your experiences
similar to or different from Tannen`s . explain
what might account for
the different observations .
Tannen was probably right when she said that
males and females speak
differently in class but I find that there are
instances wherein what
she said may not be true at all times . She said
that males usually have
the propensity for debate and to use powerful
and controlling language
patterns . As I have observed , men like to
debate and use insult and
sometimes be cruel with their words , but there
are also those who choose
to talk clearly and politely , but still gets to
articulate their point
of view , at the same time , women are also
capable of engaging in debate
and be quite brazen at times . In the same way ,
women she says shudder
from being put on the spot because it is
humiliating and terrifying , but
there are women who likes to be the center of
attention and can
effectively command that attention by the way
she speaks . I would say
that my observations where different from
Tannen because I am a student
and not a teacher . As a teacher , Tannen is
limited by her role to fully
observe the communication patterns of her
students . She just sees
students responding to her questions and
lectures , and to some degree
students responses may also be limited by her
personal communication...