Linguistics at School: Language Awareness in Primary and Secondary Education / Edition 1

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Linguistics is a subject that has remained largely confined to the academy, rather than being integrated into school curricula. This is unfortunate but not surprising, as although some teacher education programs include courses on linguistics, it is not comprehensively integrated into teacher education, so it is largely absent from the curriculum. This volume brings together a team of leaders in the field of linguistics and education, to provide an overview of the current state of research and practice. It demonstrates changes which can be made to teaching, such as revising teacher's preparation, developing and implementing practical applications of linguistics in both primary and secondary classrooms, partnering linguists with classroom teachers, and working to improve state and national education standards. The contributors emphasize the importance of collaboration between professional linguists and educators in order to meet a common goal: to raise awareness of the workings of language.
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'I warmly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in the combination of linguistics and school, a fascinating topic.' The LINGUIST List
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521887014
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristin Denham is Associate Professor of English and Linguistics at Western Washington University. Her work includes articles on theoretical syntax and linguistics in education and she is co-editor with Anne Lobeck of Language in Schools: Integrating Linguistic Knowledge into K-12 Education (2005). Denham and Lobeck are also co-authors of Linguistics for Everyone: An Introduction (2009).

Anne Lobeck is Professor of English and Linguistics at Western Washington University. Her work includes articles on theoretical syntax and linguistics in education, and in addition to her two books with Kristin Denham she is author of Ellipsis: Functional Heads, Licensing and Identification (1995) and Discovering Grammar: An Introduction to English Sentence Structure (2000).

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors viii

Foreword: The challenge for education Ray Jackendoff xiii

Introduction Kristin Denham Anne Lobeck 1

Part I Linguistics from the top down: encouraging institutional change 7

Introduction to Part I Kristin Denham Anne Lobeck 9

1 Ideologies of language, art, and science Edwin Battistella 13

2 Bringing linguistics into the school curriculum: not one less Wayne O'Neil 24

3 How linguistics has influenced schools in England Richard Hudson 35

4 Supporting the teaching of knowledge about language in Scottish schools Graeme Trousdale 49

5 Envisioning linguistics in secondary education: an Australian exemplar Jean Mulder 62

6 Linguistics and educational standards: the California experience Carol Lord Sharon Klein 76

7 Developing sociolinguistic curricula that help teachers meet standards Jeffrey Reaser 91

8 Linguistic development in children's writing: changing classroom pedagogies Debra Myhill 106

Part II Linguistics from the bottom up: encouraging classroom change 123

Introduction to Part II Kristin Denham Anne Lobeck 125

9 From cold shoulder to funded welcome: lessons from the trenches of dialectally diverse classrooms Rebecca S. Wheeler 129

10 Positioning linguists as learners in K-12 schools Long Peng Jean Ann 149

11 Fostering teacher change: effective professional development for sociolinguistic diversity Julie Sweetland 161

12 On promoting linguistics literacy: bringing language science to the English classroom Maya Honda Wayne O'Neil David Pippin 175

13 Linguistics in a primary school Kristin Denham 189

14 Educating linguists: how partner teaching enriches linguistics Anne Lobeck 204

15 The Linguistic Olympiads: academic competitions in linguistics for secondary school students Ivan Derzhanski Thomas Payne 213

Part III Vignettes: voices from the classroom 227

Introduction to Part III Kristin Denham Anne Lobeck 229

16 And you can all say haboo: enriching the standard language arts curriculum with linguistic analysis Angela Roh 234

17 Code switching: connecting written and spoken language patterns Karren Mayer Kirstin New 240

18 A primary teacher's linguistic journey Deidre Carlson 244

19 Why do VCE English Language? Caroline Thomas Sara Wawer 251

20 Language lessons in an American middle school Athena McNulty 257

21 The diary of Opal Whiteley: a literary and linguistic mystery David Pippin 264

22 Using the Voices of North Carolina curriculum Leatha Fields-Carey Suzanne Sweat 272

23 A-level English Language teaching in London Dan Clayton 277

References 282

Index 303

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