Table of Contents

Abstract

Chapter One: Introduction

— Background
— Theoretical framework/ foundations
…… Defining Linguistics
— Earlier research
— Aims and Scope
— Research questions
— Method/Approach
— Significance
— Limitations

Chapter Two: Characteristics and Needs of Verbally Gifted Children

— Problems Defining Gifted
— The Verbally Gifted
— Need for Gifted Programming
— Appropriate Programming for Gifted Children
— Need for Specialized Programming for Verbally Gifted Children
— Current Language Arts Curriculum
— Need for Language Learning in Programming for the Verbally Gifted

Chapter Three: Methodology

— Research Design
— Teacher Recruitment and Preparation
— Junior Linguists: Course Recruitment, Eligibility Requirements and Characteristics of the Students
…… Course Recruitment
…… Eligibility Requirements and Characteristics of the Students
— Observation Protocol and Data Collection

Chapter Four: Discussion

— Results
…… Overall Course Plan
…… Day One – What is Language?
…… Day Two – Phonology
…… Day Three – Language, Linguistics, and Phonology Again
…… Day Four – Phonology and Morphology
…… Day Five – Morphology and Syntax
…… Day Six – Syntax and Historical Linguistics
…… Day Seven –Historical Linguistics and Sociolinguistics
…… Day Eight – Presentation of Final Projects
— Analysis
…… Will a teacher untrained in linguistics be able to teach linguistics to his or her students?
…… Will verbally gifted children be able to understand, appreciate, and enjoy learning about language beyond the concepts of traditional grammar?
…… How can linguistics be presented to elementary school age children?
— Conclusion

Chapter Five: Teaching Linguistics to Verbally Gifted Children

— Suggestions

Appendices (pdf files)

Appendix 1 – Day One Lesson Plans
Appendix 2 – What Is Linguistics
Appendix 3 – What is Language
Appendix 4 – Homework Given on Day One
Appendix 5 – Lesson Plans for Class Three
Appendix 6 – English Phonemic Inventory
Appendix 7 – English Phonemic Alphabet
Appendix 8 – More About Language Sounds
Appendix 9 – Phonetic Scrabble Game
Appendix 10 – Lesson Plans for Class Four
Appendix 11 – Morpheme Card Game
Appendix 12 – Morpheme Homework
Appendix 13 – Lesson Plans for Class Five
Appendix 14 – Syntax Handout
Appendix 15 – Sentence Game
Appendix 16 – Course Project for Junior Linguists Class
Appendix 17 – Lesson Plans for Class Six
Appendix 18 – Nonsense Homework
Appendix 19 – How Did Language Begin
Appendix 20 – History of Language
Appendix 21 – Word Match
Appendix 22 – Lesson Plans for Class Seven
Appendix 23 – English Language Timeline
Appendix 24 – Shakespeare Sonnet 18
Appendix 25 – Cockney Rhyming Slang
Appendix 26 – Borrowed Words Quiz
Appendix 27 – Coined Words
Appendix 28 – Shifts in Word Meanings
Appendix 29 – Social Language Use

References

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