English 2100 Fall 2023:  What Goes Unsaid?


Malcolm X, “Learning to Read” (excerpt)

Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue”

Conference on College Composition and Communication, “Students’ Right to Their Own Language”

Olena Hankivsky, “Intersectionality 101”

Chang-rae Lee, “Mute in an English-Only World”

Deborah Tannen, “Gender in the Classroom: Teacher’s Classroom Strategies Should Recognize that Men and Women Use Language Differently”

Eric Liu, “Notes of a Native Speaker”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The Danger of a Single Story”  (Video – TED Talk)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The Thing around Your Neck”

Edward P. Jones, “The First Day”

Richard Rodriguez, “Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood”   

alternate link for Rodriguez

George Dila, “Rethinking the Shitty First Draft”

Luc Sante, “Living in Tongues”

Malcolm X, “Coming to an Awareness of Language”

Vershawn Young, “Should Writers Use They Own English”

David Raymond, “On Being 17, Bright, and Unable to Read”

Sherman Alexie, “Superman and Me”

Jamila Lyiscott, “Three Ways to Speak English”

Transcript of Lyiscott’s talk

Taylor Mali, “Totally Like Whatever, You Know”

Melissa Lozada-Oliva, “Like Totally, Whatever”

Junot Diaz, “Fiesta, 1980”

Z.Z. Packer, “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere”

Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl”

Tim O’Brien, “On the Rainy River”

Layli Long Soldier, “38”

Cathy Park Hong, “Bad English”