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Dialect Education

The Linguistics program has created many resources that can help teachers discuss language and culture. Please explore some of our projects at the following links, as well as some links to other educational materials that may be useful to teachers.

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.

Webinar 2: Regional Dialects of NC

The second webinar (from March 1, 2011) focuses on regional dialects of North Carolina, including the dialects spoken on the Outer Banks and in the Mountains. Download: Video file, PowerPoint file.

Webinar 3: Social Dialects

The third webinar (from April 5, 2011) investigates social dialects, including Lumbee English and African American English. Download: Video file, PowerPoint file.