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As Bad as They Say?Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx$
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Janet Grossbach Mayer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234165

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.001.0001

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A Typical American Teenager—Dominican Republic-Style

A Typical American Teenager—Dominican Republic-Style

(p.69) 7 A Typical American Teenager—Dominican Republic-Style
As Bad as They Say?

Janet Grossbach Mayer

Fordham University Press

Dora worked hard without any prodding. Having come from the Dominican Republic a few years earlier, she and brother David were eager to learn everything about America and especially everything about a becoming a T.A.T. — “typical American teenager.” She had a good sense of humor, was lively, highly motivated, and easy to reach and teach. Her reading needed polishing but was below grade level only because of the language barrier; she had grown up speaking Spanish but had a good ear for language. She could hear the subtle differences between her English spoken with a Hispanic accent and English spoken by native speakers. She was determined to sound like and look like a typical American teenager. It became their joke as Janet Mayer tried to convince her that, maybe, becoming a T.A.T. was not necessarily always admirable, but she would not hear of it.

Keywords:   Dora, Dominican Republic, David, America, teenager, Spanish, English, Janet Mayer

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