SKILLS: School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society

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D. Inés

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Casillas

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Project Description

SKILLS (School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society in Life and Society) is an innovative program that prepares and motivates California’s public school students for higher education by giving them hands-on experience in studying language and culture. SKILLS puts students at the center of linguistic discovery by guiding them through the process of carrying out original research on language use in their own peer groups, families, and communities. 
 
The first program to teach linguistics in California’s public schools, SKILLS is a collaboration between UCSB faculty and students and Master Teachers in high school classes in Santa Barbara County. This project is co-directed by Prof. Lee (Education), Prof. Casillas (CHST), and Prof. Bucholtz (Linguistics) with Dr. Aragon as our Director of Instruction.
 
Undergraduate Contribution
 
Research Assistants (RA): Undergraduate RAs create a high school or elementary curriculum that links ideologies of language with those of race. Undergraduates are expected to lead high school students on key elements of their final research projects (e.g., research questions, data, analysis, and so forth). Undergraduates help co-directors consider which finished project or lesson plans best encapsulated the project's goals of increasing classroom engagement for high school students while also increasing, for instance, the cognitive, analytical skills as immigrant students learn English.  
 
Requirements/Application Instructions
 
Contact Prof. Lee or Prof. Casillas for an initial interview.

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