Today, we’re reading Amy Tan’s landmark essay, “Mother Tongue.” As you read the essay, consider the following discussion questions. Select one and answer it with details from the text in a two-minute response video:
- “Mother Tongue” is the language used Tan’s mother. What is “Mother Tongue” for you? How is it similar or different to your experience?
- What does Tan’s interaction at the hospital with the CAT Scan reveal about people’s perception of non-native English speakers? How do you react to non-native speakers?
- To what extent is your language (e.g., word choice, accent, other language skills) influenced by your family, friends, region, or education?
- What does Tan’s experience tell us about the American experience?