Examining Language in Higher Education Courses

Creating Opportunities for Critical Reflection

  • Christine Kaye Kenney University of Michigan-Flint
  • Melissa Sreckovic University of Michigan-Flint
Keywords: Instructional Practices, Reflective Teaching, Higher Education


Words and labels used about a person inevitably have an impact, whether intended or unintended. This article discusses the need for intentional and overt, critical reflection and discussion in higher education regarding the language faculty and students use. The authors provide language examples commonly used in courses that could have varied meanings. Instructional strategies which support reflective conversations surrounding language in higher education courses are provided.