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This class was tough.
I would recommend this course because it highlighted the ridiculousness, but also the importance, of standardized language, while encouraging students to broaden their minds and become less reliant on that standardized language when looking at other people. I enjoyed the exploration of English and its varieties, as well as the smaller look into other language varieties, and the way the text and the professor explained how no one dialect or language is any better than any other. It was a unique way to view the world, and while I was given an understanding of why standardization is necessary and important, I hope to take the knowledge that language is far more than just that standardization and bring it to others who did not take the class.
The hightlights of this course, for me, were the in depth look at language dialect vs language itself. It was interesting to learn that what divides these two comes down to far less than most people thing it does. Dialect's and Languages are so similar, and have so little rules to define them, that even experts can't narrow down the difference. In a way, all Dialects are Languages, and in a way, all Language is just a Dialect. Learning this was so interesting, as it taught me that grammar, spelling, and other such language rules are not always as important as they might seem. While they are necessary in academic and business situations, they are never a marker of a person intelligence.
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Advice for students:
If you are considering taking this course, go into it with an open mind, and be ready to have your thoughts challenged and potentially changed. The professor isn't going to be expecting you to want to throw language standardization out of the window, but they want to encourage you to understand the difference between the importance of that, and the importance of language to an individual. I loved this class so much because it teaches people to respect each other, but also respect the system we survive within, while also challenging that system.