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Year 13 Attitudes to Language Change (AQA Spec B)

Discussion in 'English' started by eskimoshoes, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Hi everyone,
    I need some help [​IMG] I am teaching Language Change to my Year 13 and so far, have been fine. We have covered the history of English Language, neologisms, changes in spelling, punctuation, pronunciation and graphology and key events in history. We now need to move on to attitudes to language change, but I can't think of any ways in which to make the lessons interesting and different. Does anyone have any ideas at all for teaching this part of the course? Any ideas or suggestions at all would be so very gratefully received!
    Thanks, in anticipation x
  2. Spassky

    Spassky New commenter

    Here's an interesting article by Crystal putting forward positive views about the impact of texting / IM type language:
    And here's the full article by John Snow referred to by Crystal, which gives the more reactionary viewpoint:
    Not groundbreaking in terms of all singing lessons, but useful.
  3. Sorry - wish I could help! I'm in the same position ... However, having said that, I have found that my students are really happy to be given articles to read (such as the ones above) and as long as I give them clear guidelines about what I them to focus on, they will discuss attitudes happily!
    You could do a 'debate' giving a particular pov to one side, give them a lesson to research it (or for homework?) and then argue - giving marks for each theorist / research they use in support of their arguments?
    In terms of political correctness (which is another area of discourse), it's quite fun to get them to make up their own pc words with explanations ...

  4. Perhaps u might also like them to consider attitudes to spelling change?
    I can guarantee that this will provoke lively debate.
    U could ask them to look at re that issue
    http://EnglishSpellingProblems.blogspot.com and
    A comment which I posted in response to an article about literacy in the Evening Standard a couple of days ago could give u a good starting point:
    (I am writing another book on this topic, but it won't be out till the autumn.)

  5. For your amusement, u might like to look at the thread
    Shameful waste of talent which I started on Opinion.

    It shows u what some people's attitudes to the suggestion of spelling change are.
  6. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    You might like to compare 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' with David Crystal's riposte 'The Fight for English'. Well, I think it's fun.


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