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Wednesday, March 27 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Looking at Language Like a Scientist: Linguistics in the Classroom

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Students often self-identify as being more of a ‘math/science’ or a ‘language’ (reading/writing) person. Are mathematical/scientific ways of thinking different than the thinking that takes place in the humanities/language arts classroom? In this workshop you will engage in activities that bridge the humanities ~ math/science domains, and which will provide students another way of thinking about language and about what it means to conduct scientific inquiry. Similar to the fields of math and science, language provides a rich set of data which students can observe, investigate, hypothesize about, and test against additional data. Every native speaker knows their language well, and they know the patterns of their language--they just can’t explain them. By understanding how language works, via inquiry, students can understand that they are subconsciously doing complex computations when they use language, and that math/science people are indeed language people, and vice versa. This same pattern of thinking in understanding language can translate into mathematical and scientific thinking.

During this session you will participate in activities that show how language can be investigated scientifically and how humanities and math/science can support each other. These activities include solving language puzzles, constructing and testing hypotheses about language structure via language labs, and learning how to use these with your students. Examples include labs for maxims of coversation; Harry Potter spells and the connection between word structure and scientific terminology; why English speakers say “tall ~ taller” but not “understanding ~ understandinger”. You should leave this workshop with both a different understanding of how to connect humanities and math/science, and with ideas you can immediately adapt and use with your students.

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Nicoleta Bateman

Associate Professor of Linguistics, California State University San Marcos
I am first a student of language, teaching linguistics at California State University San Marcos and working with teachers at High Tech Middle North County to bring linguistics to students in the earlier grades. Email: nbateman at csusm.edu


Wednesday March 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
HTE 202

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