Session Title

Cultural Approaches to Teaching History of the English Language

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)

Organizer Name

Kristen M. Figg

Organizer Affiliation

Kent State Univ.

Presider Name

Kristen M. Figg

Paper Title 1

The Sociolinguistics of HEL for Education Students

Presenter 1 Name

Edward Risden

Presenter 1 Affiliation

St. Norbert College

Paper Title 2

An Integrative Approach to Teaching History of the English Language

Presenter 2 Name

Elizabeth Howard

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Kent State Univ.

Paper Title 3

Culture in the Classroom: Enrichment Assignments for HEL Courses

Presenter 3 Name

Toni J. Morris

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Indianapolis

Start Date

9-5-2014 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1130

Description

Medievalists are often called upon to teach History of the English Language because of their knowledge of Old and Middle English, but intensive study of these languages is often not the most useful approach for the students who actually enroll in the course. This session will explore ways that medievalists can use students’ enthusiasm for medieval culture to help them understand the dynamics of social contact and develop a useful understanding of how political history, social history, and linguistic processes have interacted to create a complex modern language.

Alison Langdon

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May 9th, 1:30 PM

Cultural Approaches to Teaching History of the English Language

Schneider 1130

Medievalists are often called upon to teach History of the English Language because of their knowledge of Old and Middle English, but intensive study of these languages is often not the most useful approach for the students who actually enroll in the course. This session will explore ways that medievalists can use students’ enthusiasm for medieval culture to help them understand the dynamics of social contact and develop a useful understanding of how political history, social history, and linguistic processes have interacted to create a complex modern language.

Alison Langdon