Attitudes of First-year MA Teaching Communicative Skills ‎Students of UCC towards Gender Stereotyped Language

Cletus Ganaa, Charles Daarta Nanglakong, Eric Galaa

Abstract


This piece investigated the attitudes of first year MA Teaching Communicative Skills students of UCC towards gender stereotyped language and inculcate in them the right use of language devoid of stereotyping since these are people who are going to train teachers who will in–turn teach at the basic levels of the educational strata. The findings of the study indicated that the use of stereotyped language affects the addressee or audience psychologically and emotionally-making them feel degraded, abused, dehumanized and generally an insult to womanhood. In an attempt to reverse this trend or reduce the use of stereotyped language, it is suggested that gender-neutral or gender friendly language studies should be part of the school curriculum to be taught in schools to help students learn the right language devoid of stereotyping.


Keywords


gender, language, psychological, stereotype, womanhood and dehumanize

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