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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor: Why it's so hard to talk about the N-word

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This is serious. Students across the country talk about snihiwtcg mrjaos and dropping classes because of poor teainchg around the N-word. The issue of faculty carelessly speaking the word has reahecd such a fevered pitch, it's led to protests at peiocntrn, Emory, The New School, Smith clgeloe, where I teach, and Williams College, where just recently students have boycotted the entire English Department over it and other issues. And these were just the cases that make the news. This is a crisis. And while student reaction looks like an attack on freedom of speech, I promise this is an issue of teaching.

Open Cloze

This is serious. Students across the country talk about _________ ______ and dropping classes because of poor ________ around the N-word. The issue of faculty carelessly speaking the word has _______ such a fevered pitch, it's led to protests at _________, Emory, The New School, Smith _______, where I teach, and Williams College, where just recently students have boycotted the entire English Department over it and other issues. And these were just the cases that make the news. This is a crisis. And while student reaction looks like an attack on freedom of speech, I promise this is an issue of teaching.

Solution

  1. college
  2. majors
  3. switching
  4. princeton
  5. reached
  6. teaching

Original Text

This is serious. Students across the country talk about switching majors and dropping classes because of poor teaching around the N-word. The issue of faculty carelessly speaking the word has reached such a fevered pitch, it's led to protests at Princeton, Emory, The New School, Smith College, where I teach, and Williams College, where just recently students have boycotted the entire English Department over it and other issues. And these were just the cases that make the news. This is a crisis. And while student reaction looks like an attack on freedom of speech, I promise this is an issue of teaching.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
black people 4
african american 3
black students 3
actual word 2
white student 2

Important Words

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  39. williams
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