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Tools for Teachers–online resources to help you start the school year

There are so many new online tools for teaching language, it can be difficult to keep up.  Here’s a list of a few tutorials that can help you figure out which are tools are going to be most helpful in … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Once-scorned Wikipedia now embraced in school | California Watch

Several years ago, the Linguistic Society of America decided to embrace the old motto of “if you can’t beat them, join them” by organizing trained linguists to create and revise Wikipedia entries about languages and linguistics.  It was a great … Continue reading

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Language Fun: Hyperbole and a Half

A humorous take on the typos and text speak that drive most English teachers crazy: Hyperbole and a Half. While many lament the “u” for “you” and “alot” for “a lot” spellings that have become even more common with the … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Wordle – Beautiful Word Clouds

In order to teach students to write, we must raise their metalinguistic awareness.  When students are having trouble staying on topic, it’s sometimes useful to make them closely examine the subjects and verbs in every sentence to see what kinds … Continue reading

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Language News: Churnalism.com Reveals Press Release Copy in News Stories | PBS

In addition to teaching students media literacy, ethical standards, and lessons about plagiarism, this link offers another linguistic opportunity:  the chance to talk to them about word creation.  “Churnalism” is a portmanteau–a linguistic blend of two words.  This link also … Continue reading

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Language Fun: English-Zone.Com Fun English Language Pages

English-Zone.com has an entertaining page called Research Paper Translations which suggests provides a humorous take on what the language of scientific research papers really means.   While funny, it’s worth showing to students who are learning to write for a scientific … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: “I am Africa” Part I (Teaching Narrative Structure)

UNESCO has once again provided a wonderful resource for teaching about language and language variation in the classroom. On Tuesday, March 1, they will launch their I am Africa project. As they explain: “The youth StoryTellers will receive free multimedia … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Kinetic Typography of Stephen Fry’s Language

Stephen Fry (as featured in the previous post with House‘s Hugh Laurie) has eloquently written on the subject of language, and Matt Rogers has set Fry’s voice in motion through a process called Kinetic Typography. The mesmerizing combination of Fry’s … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Poems in the style of Alice Walker

One of my colleagues, Erin Kiley, reports a highly successful activity for teaching writing.  Asking students to write a poem “in the style of” another poem teaches them about the form of the language and forces them to choose their … Continue reading

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