Walt Wolfram                                    Jeffrey Reaser

North Carolina State University                    Duke University

 

 

Audio | Handout

Language Awareness in Middle School: An Experimental Program

Despite the obvious need and the increasing interest in school-based programs on language diversity, there are practically no curricular programs specifically designed to educate students about the nature and significance of language differences. In this presentation, we discuss the rationale for such a program and describe the curricular format for an experimental middle school program in North Carolina, with illustrative examples of materials and activities. We also consider practical issues of implementation, such as the need to design materials that meet current state-mandated competencies and the need to market the curriculum effectively to teachers who already feel overwhelmed by current demands on their time and expertise.