Dialect Education Resources
Voices of North Carolina Curriculum (8th graders)
Voices of North Carolina is a multi-media dialect awareness curriculum that helps enrich social studies instruction in North Carolina. the curriculum is endorsed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and is designed to help teachers meet states standard course of study for 8th grade social studies. The 450-minute curriculum requires no background in linguistics or specialized training to be taught successfully, and all the materials are offered free fo charge. See the below Webinar Series hosted by Jeff Reaser and Walt Wolfram to learn how to incorporate the curriculum into your classroom!
Linguistic Application in the Classroom (9th graders)
Explore this curriculum for 9th grade English Language Arts that incorporates dialect education in the classroom following the North Carolina Standard Course of Study by Nicolette Filson. This unit encourages students to see language as a relevant part of their identity and life as it reflects their own culture and that of the society around them.
Continuing Education Webinar Series
Beginning February 1, 2011, NC State linguists Jeff Reaser and Walt Wolfram, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, hosted three hour-long webinars investigating the dialect and language diversity in North Carolina. The webinars are designed specifically for 8th grade social studies teachers, but are open to any interested teachers. Teachers who complete all three webinars and the assigned homework will receive 1 CEU. Also check out the corresponding 8th grade social studies Voices of North Carolina curriculum.
Webinar 1: the Reality of Dialects
The first webinar (from February 1, 2011) examines the reality of dialects, including debunking popular myths about language and building tools for linguistic analysis. Download: Video file, PowerPoint file.