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Nonnative English language learners’ Use and Understanding of Singular they
March 30, 2017 @ 1:25 pm - 2:15 pm UTC+0
MELP Forum Series
The use of the singular ‘they’ pronoun in academic (and social) discourse is a relatively new and ubiquitous phenomenon, and not one that is typically studied by English as a second language (ESL) students before they arrive in the United States. This study explores what pronouns university-level ESL students use when writing about a genderless person (e.g. “the ideal student”), and whether they recognize use of the singular ‘they’ pronoun, which may be included in class reading materials. The findings of this study may be useful for instructors and curriculum developers.
Presenter: Darren LaScotte is an adjunct Teaching Specialist in the Minnesota English Language Program at the University of Minnesota.
Event will take place in Nicholson Hall, room 12.
Event is free. All are welcome.