The multimedia Voices of North Carolina dialect awareness curriculum was developed by NC State faculty members Jeffrey Reaser and Walt Wolfram in 2005 and updated in 2007. The culmination of Wolfram’s work in the public schools over the past twenty years, Voices of North Carolina is the first state-based curriculum on language variation in the country.
The connections between history, culture, and language
Regional dialects in NC including Outer Banks English and Appalachian English
Social dialects including Cherokee, Lumbee English, African American English, Spanish and Latino English
The curriculum goals are:
To develop a respect for the systematic patterning of all language varieties
To develop an appreciation for the link between historical development and language
To develop an awareness and appreciation for the connection between language and culture
To gain authentic knowledge about how dialects pattern
To develop an awareness and appreciation of other ways of speaking
Teacher testimonial: “Thanks for such an edifying experience in teaching the dialect unit. I really think the students got a lot out of it (not the least of which was the challenging of a lot of stereotypes they might have had that are tied to language). I know it was enlightening for me and I truly enjoyed it.”
- Leatha Fields-Carey, Johnston County, NC
For more information, watch this webinar about using the curriculum.
NCSU Linguistics | NCLLP | Tompkins Hall | Campus Box 8105 | Raleigh, NC 27695-8105
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