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Language and Linguistics Day

When Apr 19, 2017
from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where HUB-Robeson Center, The Pennsylvania State University
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What is Language and Linguistics Day?

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Penn State’s Center for Language Science will be holding its Language and Linguistics Day at the University Park campus. We are inviting a select group of 10th and 11th grade English classes from public high schools in Central Pennsylvania to join us for a day of games and workshops focusing on language structure, language acquisition, and linguistic diversity. The purpose of Language and Linguistics Day is to expose students to the systematic study of language and grammar, and to provide opportunities for them to engage in linguistic inquiry.

Why participate?

Engaging students in inquiries about language and linguistics yields numerous benefits directly relevant to your classroom goals. Through their inquiries, students will accrue a type of awareness of language and linguistic structure (often called “metalinguistic awareness”) that is known to positively impact both reading and writing skills. The insights students gain through close examination of linguistic structure will enable them to more readily identify and employ the conventions of English grammar required by the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Students will have a multitude of opportunities to engage in collaborative discussions, and to express their ideas about the patterns they find in language clearly and persuasively.

What sort of preparation is involved?

If you are interested in having your class participate in Language and Linguistics Day, the first thing to do is register. You can do so by writing to fkb1@psu.edu. Space is limited, so please register soon. Following registration, we will provide materials and resources to help you and your students prepare for Language and Linguistics Day. We will also ask you to provide some general information about your class, including their language experience and academic goals. This will help us to plan for a day that is maximally beneficial for everyone involved.
If you have any questions about Language and Linguistics Day, please do not hesitate to contact us. Questions can be directed to Frances Blanchette, Assistant Director of The Center for Language Science, at . We hope you will consider participating, and we look forward to working with you!