Eh, Get Pidgin?: Summit on Pidgin and Education

October 11, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Farrington High School Library

While an estimated 500,000 residents in the State of Hawai‘i speak Pidgin (also known as Hawai‘i Creole), very little attention has been paid to the role of this language in educational contexts. Some practicing teachers see Pidgin as a resource that can be tapped to enhance learning and teaching dynamics, but others are less certain whether Pidgin should have a place in schools. To open a dialogue on these issues, a one-day summit on Pidgin and education will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Farrington High School in the library. The event will provide demonstrations led by teachers on how they incorporate Pidgin into their classrooms to benefit learning and teaching in K-16 contexts. Featured speakers will be: Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Lee Tonouchi, Darrell Lum, Scott Kaʻalele and Augie T. Presentations by eight different teachers of elementary, middle, secondary, and tertiary education will take place in the afternoon.

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Charlene J. Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole, and Dialect Studies, College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, and College of Education, Mānoa Campus

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Christina Higgins, (808) 294-0323,,

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