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Why pronouncing students' names correctly is so important

November 29, 2021

Did you know that if teachers repeatedly mispronounce children's names, it can have a negative, long-lasting effect? Read this article from the National Education Association news in the U.S. to learn what the negative effects can be.

“When the child enters school and teachers—consciously or not—mispronounce, disregard or change the name, they are in a sense disregarding the family and culture of the students as well."

The advice for teachers is to take the time to learn how to pronounce the child's name properly. It helps the child feel seen and accepted. It also shows children that the teachers are willing to take time to learn things the same way the children are expected to try their best when learning new things.

Curious to know more about this topic? We have many more links below for reading, listening, and viewing.


HLE Network aims to help children with non-mainstream backgrounds feel more included at school and in society. We have helped get hundreds of books in languages other than Dutch into the Eindhoven Library.


Learning for Justice

Quartz by Clare McLaughlin

Inhersight by Cara Hutto

Research by Mary Bucholtz


NPR's All Things Considered

The Indictor from Planet Money


Getting it right; why pronouncing names correctly matters

Gerardo Ochoa at TEDxMcMinnville

What is Your Name Story?

Santa Clara County Office of Education

National Association for Bilingual Education

Dear Teachers: Learn to Pronounce Ethnic Student Names

Adam Levine Peres

Struggles of Growing up with a Latino Name

Pero Like

Struggles of Having A Unique Name



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