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.
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Learning for Justice
Quartz by Clare McLaughlin
Inhersight by Cara Hutto
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
Struggles of Having A Unique Name
People Explain How to Pronounce Their Names
This is what it feels like to have your name regularly butchered, changed, or labeled as "difficult."