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Malcolmxessay - Jeong 1 Susanna Jeong Professor Rosalinda Salazar WLD October 2007 Learning English The Malcolm X Way Even in contemporary society

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Susanna Jeong Professor Rosalinda Salazar WLD ENG 57 15 October 2007 Learning English, The Malcolm X Way Even in contemporary society, many high school students struggle to learn the most basic English skills. Malcolm X was no different. Distraught with his own limitations of expressing his ideas and beliefs, his approach to refine his English was to copy and master the entire dictionary. In his essay, “Homemade Education”, Malcolm X revealed to us his own hardships of self-education. Although his method was extreme, in comparison to today’s standards, our educational institutions should implement the educational techniques that Malcolm X utilized while he was in prison; such as constant struggle and improvement of language by diurnally perfecting his reading and writing skills. One of the various reasons students in high school struggle to learn is because of their home environment. For example, Malcolm X who was born in 1925 came from a very poor Black family, and to support himself became a street hustler (95). Not having gone further than an eighth grade education, Malcolm X became an articulate user of street slang; however, during the time he served in Norfolk Prison Colony, he became a follower of Elijah Muhammad and began trying to express his newly found religious ideas and beliefs in letters to people he “had known in the hustling world” (95); however, Jeong 1
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he realized how limited his conventional English was when “[he] wasn’t articulate, [or] even functional”, and it motivated him to teach himself to how to properly read and write proper English (96). Many high school students, who derive from similar situations as Malcolm X, never receive the proper and necessary attention to motivate them to strive to learn English. Many of them are not even granted the opportunity to strive in classrooms and beyond. If the educators provided the students with opportunities and the motivation
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Malcolmxessay - Jeong 1 Susanna Jeong Professor Rosalinda Salazar WLD October 2007 Learning English The Malcolm X Way Even in contemporary society

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