Classroom Activities: 2011 Better Hearing and Speech Month Video Contest

ASHA (The American Speech-Language Hearing Association) is sponsoring a video contest. 

Three winners will be recognized for creating a video which captures what it feels like to be a person who has difficulty speaking or hearing AND how to help them.  

Students under 18 years of age will need permission forms to enter, but this seems to be an excellent opportunity for a service learning project which highlights language related issues.

You can read more about the contest here:

2011 Better Hearing and Speech Month Video Contest.

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About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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