Last week, we discussed a lot about how to deal with students who talk in a specific way that is special and meaningful to them, all while encouraging them to be well-spoken and well-educated individuals. Since we want to encourage students to take pride in their culture, we definitely can’t encourage them to talk differently. By telling them to talk differently, we are saying that their language is inferior.
By introducing code switching to students, we will be able to help them speak professionally and appropriately in situations where it is required. They will be able to discern which way of speaking is appropriate for each situation they are in.
Code switching is a great idea, as long as we still encourage them to practice their normal language and make sure they know we aren’t taking away from their culture. I do believe code switching is a way for students to still take pride in their culture and their ways, while still being a professional adult.