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Slang and Language Change

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Slang, as an example of language change in action, is the focus of a short instructional activity that asks learners to contribute examples to a class list of terms that they use to separate themselves from other groups or adults....
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Language Change Exercise 2: Names Related to John

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Choose any name to use the idea behind this lesson plan! The example is John, but I like that the original author looked to his or her classroom makeup to select a name to study. There's a bulleted list of discussion topics to use after...
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Language Change

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
The English language is complex and sometimes counterintuitive. Guide young grammarians through a brief overview of the history of the English language with a presentation that includes lecture notes.
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ELA.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.1

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Despite English grammar rules, in the e-world the plural of mouse is mouses. lol. Standard American English is constantly evolving. Introduce your class members to a variety of terms that describe different usage changes (economy,...
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Examining How Inventions or Events Change the English Language

For Teachers 7th - 9th
How have inventions and events changed the English language? Learners create posters showing specific words and language changes that resulted from an event, discovery, or cultural change. The class develops their vocabulary by...
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Language Change in North Carolina's Cities

For Teachers 8th
Take a closer look at North Carolinian dialects with pupils. They will discover how dialect in North Carolina's urban regions have changed as more people with varied backgrounds have come to live together. They discuss the provided...
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How Did English Evolve?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
War and conquest are not the only factors in language change and development, as the narrator of a short video points out in her lecture about the evolution of the English language. Using the phrases, "They gave us a hearty welcome," and...
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Writing Style in Washington's Journal

For Teachers 8th - 11th
A discussion of syntax and diction change is the prompted by of a reading of George Washington’s “Diary of the First Presidential Visit to the Palmetto State.”  As pairs read, they record examples of archaic spellings, words, and...
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Rewriting Shakespeare

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Have your learners play around with Shakespeare's language. For this plan, small groups examine and rearrange soliloquies from Othello, noting how the language changes and morphs. All groups have a chance to change each soliloquy, making...
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Dynamic Dialect: Horace Kephart and Our Southern Highlanders

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Cool, man! This is rad! Sneak a peek at this resource before you outten the lights. LOL, you Dred. As an introduction to language change, class groups brainstorm IM lingo, as well as words and phrases popular today, that might seem...
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Mobile Phones

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Why do we use phones? How does our language change on the phone? Learners practice phone conversations with the dialogues provided. They practice written phone dialogues with a partner, and create and perform phone conversations to...
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"What Do You Mean?" How Language Changes Over Time

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars examine words used at Jamestown in 1607. They predict what the words meant in 1607, write sentences using three of them, then analyze the sentences after they have read the actual definitions of the words.
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Languages in a Globalized World

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore language changes that may occur in a globalized world. In this language lesson, students read the linked articles about globalization and the protection of languages. Learners also examine statistics and conduct further...
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Language Change: The Origins of Names

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In small groups or pairs, learners explore the origins of each others' names. An awesome idea, but you'll need to do the initial research to gather your class's names and their origins. Or, consider having each member of your class...
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Old and Middle English

For Teachers 7th - 12th
“The Lord’s Prayer” provides the text for a study of how language changes. Using the provided link, young linguists examine the prayer in Old and Middle English and compare how the diction, syntax, and phonology have evolved over the...
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English Language Change

For Students 9th - 11th
In this English language worksheet, students examine a passage written in Old English, Middle English, and Modern English to find changes in the language.  Students are then given a list of words to define and examine in order to see how...
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Language and Social Culture

For Teachers Higher Ed
"Language and culture are so related that you cannot understand one without a knowledge of the other." The 37 slides in this presentation are meant to reinforce the points made in a lecture about language, language vareities, language...
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BBC Learning English - Keep Your English Up to Date

For Teachers 9th - 10th
That’s showbiz! Clipping is the term used to describe one type of abbreviation of words. After listening to a talk by Professor David Crystal about this particular way English language changes, pupils supply the shortened, or clipped,...
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Major Regional Dialects

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
What does your dialect sound like? Examine variation in English as it relates to geographic regions with your class. They recognize some of the major differences between regional dialects and determine that everyone speaks a dialect....
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Problem Solving with Turkish

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Conquer those pesky moments when the Turkish language appears in class. Don’t be afraid to discover a few new Turkish morphemes, and their corresponding English words in this quick lesson.  Who knows where this knowledge can go?   
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Keep Your English Up to Date: Bog Standard

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the tendency of the English language to change by reviewing the British idiom "bog standard." An audio talk is accessible via hyperlink and questions and worksheets are included for learners. The lesson is a good way to work on...
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Looking North Of The Greek World: The Slavic Folk Poetry of The Balkans

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Showing how folk poetry keeps alive national heritage is the stated goal of this proposal for a unit on the poetry of the Balkans.
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Abbreviations As Words

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students explore the definition and derivation of the popular usage of abbreviations in the English language. Using worksheets and lecture materials, students provide meanings for the abbreviation "prenup" when used as an word. They...
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Imaginary Words

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Oh, what fun! Young logophiles and neologists create a dictionary-sounding definition for imaginary words and try to fool their classmates.

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