Students at Harris Academy Upper Norwood have been banned from using 10 informal phrases in school areas designated 'formal language zones', which includes all classrooms and corridors. The initiative introduced in September, by the school's new principal Chris Everitt, hopes to raise awareness about the use of language and prepare students for formal situations such as job interviews. As part of the initiative students are also banned from beginning sentences with 'basically' and ending sentences with 'yeah'. Speaking to the Croydon Guardian , a spokesperson said the school wants students "to develop the soft skills they will need to compete for jobs and university places … and the skills they need to express themselves confidently and appropriately for a variety of audiences.
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The head teacher and staff of an academy in Essex, England appear to have taken great pleasure in banning the type of slang used in reality television series TOWIE , including many of the words in the above sentence, in a bid to improve the job prospects of their students. Indeed, banning slang in schools is a short-sighted and inefficient way of trying to produce young people who are confident and adaptable communicators. What we should be doing is encouraging students to explore the fluidity, richness, and contextual appropriateness of an ever-changing language. Which is why a ban is so pointless. All it can possibly achieve is to make young people self-conscious about the way they speak, thus stifling creativity and expression. Or would we rather the teacher listens to what they have to say, then explores how the use of language can change the message, depending on the context? In other words, celebrate language diversity rather than restrict it.
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Sharing personal information brings people closer together. Verified by Psychology Today. Teen Angst. For decades teens have been notorious for having a unique vocabulary.