Introduction to Linguistics – Junior Instructor – Early Semester
“We all speak and experience the world through language. Get a fascinating look at the workings behind the world’s languages and explore the science of language with me!” ~ Lyosha the Linguist
|Junior Instructor||Lyosha the Linguist|
|Content Levels||Grades 7-8 • Junior High|
Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
|Course Length||8 Weeks|
|Live Webinars Held On||Fridays, 2:00 - 2:50 PM Pacific - Early Semester - 8/19/22 - 10/15/22|
What is language? How many are there? How do languages work? What are these noises I’m making from my mouth? How do I know that “each of the bag am eated” is nonsense?
Conveniently, there is a field of study dedicated to answering such questions. Linguistics is a very broad field, so this class will be a brief introduction to some of the basic subfields of linguistics:
- Phonology and phonetics (how do I make cool sounds)
- Morphology (why “ing” isn’t a word)
- Syntax (ordering of words interesting is)
- Historical linguistics (why Shakespeare is hard to understand)
- Orthography (whye I dont rite laik this)
- Comparative linguistics (studying some fake languages)
Homework, though optional, is highly recommended for this class. It will consist of weekly assignments allowing students to experiment with concepts covered in class through the mode of constructed languages (similar to Klingon, Dothraki, Elvish), as well as some videos for students who want to learn more.
What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:
- Weekly Assignment – usually two paragraphs long
- Weekly Forum – usually one paragraph long
What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:
- Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
What to expect during the weekly webinar:
- Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
- Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
- Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.
Before taking this course, students should be able to:
- Read at a solid 6th-grade level or above.
- Write a few sentences independently.
Students should be willing to:
- Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
- Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
- Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.
Required books & materials:
- Weekly readings will be online, no textbook required.