Linguistics Teacher Resources

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Start by watching a video entitled Do You Speak American? and respond to discussion questions about the various dialects showcased throughout the video to identify the regional linguistic styles throughout America. As a culminating activity, they complete a journal, portfolio, or writing assignment.
Do all languages have a common ancestor? Although no one yet knows the answer to that big question, the narrator of this short, animated video explains how linguists use migration patterns, geological features, and word clues to investigate the evolution of language families and dialects.
Explore language arts with a root word activity in this linguistics lesson plan. Middle schoolers trace the history of different vocabulary terms by identifying their Latin and Greek ancestry, and then they answer study questions about different word histories.
Analyze and make inferences from the information used by linguists to construct the evolution of languages. They research different dating techniques to explain how scientists infer age with evidence.
Providing a thorough presentation on the art of written language (and not just English), this slideshow will open your students' eyes to the sociological and linguistic issues surrounding writing systems, both modern and historical. The presentation could be easily broken up into several lecture sessions, and it includes a bibiliography for additional research.
Intended to be used along with the first chapter of An Introduction to Language textbook, this PowerPoint is full of linguistic terminology that is not necessarily explained. This tool can be used to complement a lecture or a text, but definitely does not stand alone. A wide variety of concepts are covered, the main idea being that language is symbolic and creative, with myriad uses.
Meta-cognition can transform learning. If your syllabus includes linguistics to enhance learners' comprehension and expression in English, here is an interactive online quiz to assess what they have learned. Titled "Basic Linguistics," the resource spans a considerable range of linguistic vocabulary and concepts, from syntax and morphology to cultural and socio-linguistics. Some items are slightly vague; pre-screen for relevance.
Create a language mosaic to reveal the linguistic diversity in your community. Pupils interview a person with a home language other than English and contribute to a bulletin board display representing the variety of languages spoken. The activity is part of the 1996 Canadian Census Results Teacher’s Kit. A link to other activities and materials is provided. Although the background information and statistics are based on Canadian census data, the concepts could be applied to any country or area
Models of and directions for how to write 20 different types of poems are featured in an NCTE resource. The introduction to each form highlights the embedded concepts. For example, tongue twisters encourage poets to use alliteration and assonance while the diamond poem format emphasizes parallelism. Resource lists and poetry websites links are included.
An interview with Dr. Rosemary Beam de Azcona launches a study of the complexities of language and how meaning changes across languages and cultures. The investigation continues as class members view clips of the film, The Tailenders, which follows Global Recordings Network efforts to translate Bible stories into thousands of languages. Activities and resource links are included.
Learners analyze the language used in political debates. In this linguistic analysis lesson plan, pupils study various techniques used to convey meaning and extend that knowledge with analysis of several presidential debates.
Spend some time considering the functions and types of language such as vernacular, standard, and pidgin. This lengthy presentation would benefit a college-level linguistics course with its accurate descriptions and plenty of examples. Linguistic characteristics and the development of language is also covered, helping explain the purpose and flexibility of language.
Students view the film "Nell" and analyze it for presentation of language pathologies and dialects. They consider the definition of dialect, research phonetic representation of dialects and observe their own communities for speech patterns.
Eighth graders take a closer look at Outer Banks dialects. In this cultural awareness lesson, 8th graders discover how the language spoken on the islands has changed over time. Students read the provided readings and view video clips regarding the phenomenon.
Scholars assess how word choice and linguistic patterns affect a presidential debate. They examine candidates' words for repetition and analyze what this repetition means. Then they locate countries that fit the expression free world. In the end, they participate in a round table discussion.
Students research the uses and symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet. They complete a worksheet to translate and transcribe phrases of English into the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Discover the differences in dialect when teaching linguistics. Many examples from Creole, Pidgin, slang, and the UK are used. The slides are black and white and mostly consist of various examples.
This teacher's guide provides the steps and questions needed to facilitate an understanding of basic linguistics. Seventh graders use the Internet to answer several questions on regional dialects. They attempt to find and analyze linguistic patterns. 
Students examine the use of linguistic features in poetry by listening to poetry readings.  In this language arts instructional activity, students listen to the poem Not Yet My Mother, and Mossbawn Sunlight.  Students analyze the structure of the poems and discuss the meanings of both works with their classmates.
A few basic definitions are written out for the field of sociolinguistics. Use this resource as an introduction to a unit in a communications studies or linguistics course. Computer jargon that has shifted to redneck slang is also included.