week 4 - 1.Piper(2003) .Thatis,we ?

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1. Piper (2003) says that children learn to match language to social context  and that this is something we never completely stop learning. That is, we  continue learning this as we travel through adulthood. What do you think she means by this? Can you think of examples? I think that Piper’s view is very interesting. I think it challenges the critical  period theory because Piper is implying that we continue to adjust and  learn in different social settings. This is especially true, I think, for college  students. For example, those of us undergrads in our early twenties are  stuck between two social worlds; the way we communicate with our friends  and the way we will communicate in our career. People always say, “Be  yourself at a job interview. That’s what they want to see.” However, if I were  being my true self, I would talk about my favorite bands, movies and  television shows. I would probably also talk about Christianity and other  important aspects of my life. But, that is not how we socialize in job  interviews or with our students. Instead, we are “professional” (whatever  that means). I have seen this occur amongst my neice, as well. Last  summer, I worked at her summer program at Primrose School. Around her  mother and other adults, she would use “yes ma’am” and speak softly.  However, when I was her teacher for the summer, I watched her interact  with her friends through screaming, name-calling, teasing, showing-off… just like any pre-teen. This behavior is something she didn’t express with  her mother because she wasn’t competing with her mom for attention. With  her friends, there was something to fight for.  2. Now that we have read about how language functions and the  importance of acquiring that knowledge, think about the term "people  skills." We might say, "She has wonderful people skills." First of all, what  does that term mean to you as a result of your reading? To me, this term, “people skills” makes me reflect on our term “linguistically  informed” from our week 3 discussion. I think that someone has good  people skills because he/she is able to relate to many different people 
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through language. This may refer to body language, spoken language,  written language…etc. I think about one of my friends from high school.  She was, literally, friends with about any one she had ever met. She wasn’t  fluent in any other spoken languages, but she invested in people and  wanted to LEARN about their culture; that is, their life and family culture  outside of school. I think teachers should work towards having great 
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