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Teach middle schoolers about linguistics with Harry Potter

Help out for 1.5 hours or 3 hours with a fun MSU Grandparents University class, "Harry Potter and the Secrets of British English" for 8-12 year olds and their grandparents.

MSU Grandparents University is an annual on-campus experience for 8-12 year olds and their grandparents. In this 1.5 hour session, "Harry Potter and the Secrets of British English", we will teach participants a little about language structure and dialect varieties. Children are sorted into houses, and given new Harry Potter names. Then they write potion recipes (US-British vocab differences), cast charms (phonetic symbols) and learn to defend themselves against the Dark Arts (listening to enemy accents). We're running two sessions on Wednesday June 27th, 9:30-11:00 and 1:30 - 3:00 in B-122 Wells Hall.

Qualifications

  • Available to help with 1 or 2 sessions
  • Interest in language, accents, dialects, linguistics
  • Comfortable interacting with 8-12 year olds and members of the public
  • Reliable and friendly

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Suzanne Wagner ( wagnersu )
5173559739
Posted: 18-05-14
no compensation
Start Date: 18-05-14
End Date: 18-06-21

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