Gender Difference in Classroom

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The everyday conversation involves language uses. There are many ways of conversation, and it can be influences by different regional, ethnic, family background, age and gender. In Deborah Tannen’s research of the “gender in the classroom” stated about that female and male mix up class, men take the role in the class, which talks more than women. However, record to my own knowledge and research I did not support the statement, like in my English class the female and male students are equal, yet female talks way more than male. Therefore, I disagree with Tannen’s theory, “[…] speaking in a classroom is more congenial to boys’ language experience than to girls’ […]” (164). The men and women communicate different is a not just impact by gender; moreover it is depends on one’s background, how they were raised and their own personality. According to Deborah Tannen, “So, boys are expected to use language to seize center stage: by exhibiting their skill, displaying their knowledge, and challenging and resisting challenges” (164). Even Janet Holmes stated that Men “generally talk more in formal contexts where informative and persuasive talk is highly valued” (267), such as the workplace or classroom. In my English class, because the professor tends to let all the students participates in class, and she glad when people raised their hand and talk about their thoughts and anecdotes, although the students are equal for both genders but the Lee2 boys participate less than the girls. Also there is another example, in my Pre-calculus class many girls like to ask and answer question, however boys just stay in silence. And there is no reason to say that women will be uncomfortable and speaking in public. By looking at my own experience, Tannen’s theory “[…] men speak in class more than women is that many of them find the “public” […], whereas most women are
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