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Re: Teaching linguistics (through conlanging?) at high school?

From:And Rosta <and.rosta@...>
Date:Sunday, December 31, 2006, 1:05
Are there such things as weekend clubs and/or summer schools for 'gifted and
talented' kids? That strikes me as where this sort of thing would go down best.


David J. Peterson, On 20/12/2006 01:23:
> Sai: > << > One thing I've been thinking about lately is getting back into > teaching - high school or community college level, since that's all > I'd qualify for at present with only a BA. > >> > > You can't teach community college with a BA (this I know, since > I just got finished today filling out all my paperwork, finally). You > have to have an MA, or a Community College Teaching Credential, > which they no longer award. In case you got this idea from me, > I needed my English BA in conjunction with my Linguistics MA > to qualify to teach English at the community college level. Plus, > the full time jobs usually go to Ph.D.'s (or those who've spent many > years teaching part time). > > Sai: > << > 1. Any comment on how viable it would be to teach a linguistics class > in a high school, or better, *how* it would be viable? > >> > > I had actually thought of this once. I would have really liked to > have taken a "linguistics" class in high school--one that, say, focused > on a different language each month, and allowed you to explore > differences and similarities--kind of like a practical approach to > linguistics, rather than an experimental or theoretical. Of course, > conlanging would work well with this type of course. > > This type of course, however, couldn't really get off the ground. > It would need to be designed by a committee of tenured teachers > and lobbied for within a school district. School districts are notoriously > picky about what classes they offer outside the core, because they're > business people--some of them even elected officials. Innovation > doesn't really fly. > > Where this *might* fly is a private and/or charter school, where > the director/operator has direct control over curriculum, and > doesn't really answer to anyone. That might be a place to pitch > your idea--especially an expensive one where they like to offer > a wide variety of options to their clients. > > Another really wild idea that you might consider is (and, yes, I'm > serious) opening your own school. That would require more than > an idea for a class, but you'd certainly get to do everything your > way. One book you might check out is _The Marva Collins Way_: > > > > She started her own school in her basement in Chicago with like > ten kids. She was a teacher that felt that physical contact was very > important, and that kids should be reading things like Shakespeare > from first grade on. This book explains not only her teaching > philosophy, but how she actually set up her own school, and made > it profitable. She also has her own article on Wikipedia: > > > > Sai: > << > 2. Any comment on teaching linguistics through conlanging, in a formal > setting (i.e. getting it approved by the various appropriate > commitees, possibly articulated to be equivalent to Ling 100, etc)? > >> > > You have to focus on the results. It's going to be a hard sell, since > they don't teach any kind of linguistics at the community college > level, let alone high school. I think trying to set up a mainstream > linguistics class would be tough--one that focuses on conlanging, > even tougher. Parents don't care about anything except what > valuable information and/or skills their child will be getting from > a given class/school. I think including natural languages would > be a good idea. > > << > 3. (for locals) Any places I should particularly look at in the CA Bay > Area, or (for non) places that it'd be worth moving to? > >> > > Start checking links; calling numbers: > > > > > > And start reading up on K-12 educational theory and methodology. > > -David > ******************************************************************* > "sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze." > "No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn." > > -Jim Morrison > > >