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Title: Discovering 'Language Myths and Truths': A Summer Enrichment Course in Linguistics for High-School Students
Author(s): Thomas W. Stewart, Jr. , Alma B. Kuhlemann Cárdenez
Journal Title: Language and Linguistics Compass
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Page Range: 80 - 95
Publication Date: Feb-2010
Abstract: This article presents the rationale and curriculum for an intensive 3-week summer course in linguistics designed for students ages 13–16, and implemented within the Joseph Baldwin Academy, a residential program held annually on the campus of Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, USA, which aims to provide young and motivated learners with opportunities for academic enrichment beyond those offered within their regular high-school curriculum.

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