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Explore language arts with a root word activity in this linguistics lesson. 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.
5th - 8th Language Arts 20 Views 62 Downloads
Exploring the Complexities of Language
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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 11 Views 15 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Communicative Choices & Linguistic Style
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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 19 Views 104 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
How Languages Evolve
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.
4 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 20 Views 11 Downloads
Chapter 12 Writing: the ABCs of Language
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.
Higher Ed Social Studies & History 16 Views 25 Downloads
Basic Linguistics: Fun Trivia Quiz
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.
10th - Higher Ed Language Arts 16 Views 51 Downloads
Languages in Contact, Socio-spatial Diversity: Language Varieties
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.
Higher Ed Language Arts 5 Views 28 Downloads
Writing About Literature and Linguistics
An excellent presentation on styles of writing awaits your young writers. They are coached on all sorts of writing tasks; creating thesis statements, supporting those statements, word choice, and finding sources. Some terrific websites are embedded in the PowerPoint which lead writers to further sources of guidance.
4th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 94 Downloads
What is Language?
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.
Higher Ed Language Arts 17 Views 24 Downloads
Language Dialects and the Film "Nell"
Learners 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.
8th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 23 Downloads
Structure of Natural Narratives
Class pairs select a prompt from a provided list and tell (and record) their story to their partner. They then examine linguist William Labov's model for natural narratives, and apply his model to their tale. Next, class members watch clips from the film Stream of Life, and again label sections of the narrative, using the provided analysis worksheet.
10th - Higher Ed Language Arts 14 Views 48 Downloads CCSS: Designed
How Has Colonialism Led to Multilingualism in Africa
Prepare yourself for a top-notch presentation on colonialism in Africa! Discussed are the reasons for African multilingualism. Maps and a country-by-country look at various colonists that made their mark on the African continent are explored.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 28 Views 30 Downloads
Linguistic Diversity. Languages in Canada - Elementary
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.
5th - 8th Language Arts 9 Views 13 Downloads
Language Geography: Teacher Guide
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.
7th Social Studies & History 7 Views 22 Downloads
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.
11th - Higher Ed Language Arts 3 Views 1 Download
Analyzing the Language of Presidential Debates
Learners analyze the language used in political debates. In this linguistic analysis instructional activity, pupils study various techniques used to convey meaning and extend that knowledge with analysis of several presidential debates.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 19 Views 78 Downloads
Mystery of the Maya, part 3/4
How have linguists and archaeologists been able to decode the Mayan written language? We find that the Mayan numeric system was the first clue into Mayan language. Part three in this four-part series also touches upon Mayan astronomy and the linguists who were able to decode and read ancient Mayan glyphs.
10 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
Why is There a "b" in Doubt?
Many doubt the reasoning for having a b in doubt, but do they know the whole story? Pupils can watch as a Latin word becomes the English doubt. The narrator explains the etymology of doubt, emphasizes the importance of meaning and history in spelling, and builds a tree of words related to doubt.
3 mins 7th - 12th Language Arts 5 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable