Teacher Breaks Down Why Pronouncing Students' Names Correctly Matters
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Pronunciation matters, and no one should know that better than an educator.
But Bronx-based teacher Adam Levine-Peres knows how easy it is for some teachers to fall into the habit of mispronouncing the names of their black and brown students. That’s why he made a video breaking down why name pronunciation matters.
Levine-Peres explains in the video that there are three common problems that occur when a teacher consistently mispronounces a student’s name. It creates a distrust between pupil and instructor, when teachers stop trying to learn a name it teaches students that it’s OK to give up, and it just simply goes against common courtesy.
“You wouldn’t like it if happened to you, so please learn to say their names properly,” he says towards the end of the video. “I guarantee you, it’ll go along way in the classroom. If you don’t know how to say their name, ask them. Ask them, again, and ask them to say it slower. Ask them to say it in their native language
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