Education Materials

Talking Story About Pidgin

The production of teaching materials for High School Language Arts and Social Studies teachers that incorporate investigations of language, with a focus on Hawai‘i Creole, into the current mandated Department of Education curriculum. These materials build on the film produced by Searider Productions and the 60-minute documentary titled Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai‘i (2009), directed by Marlene Booth. Christina Higgins developed these materials with input from teachers at Waianae High School and members of Da Pidgin Coup. There are 18 lessons available which relate to standards and benchmarks set by the HDOE on the Talking Story about Pidgin website.

Level: High School (e.g., language arts)

Pidgins and Creoles in Education (PACE)

This site is devoted to issues concerning the use of pidgin and creole languages and unstandardized dialects (such as African American English) in formal education.

Level: University

Hawaiʻi Plantation Village Museum

A permanent exhibit on Hawai‘i Creole was designed and installed at the Hawai‘i Plantation Village Museum (Waipahu). The installation features a photo-based timeline of the birth and development of Hawai‘i Pidgin and Hawai‘i Creole from the mid 19th century to the present. It also features an audio-visual interactive display that allows users to hear Hawai‘i Creole as spoken by plantation workers as well as present day speakers. The exhibit opened in May, 2011, and was designed by Christina Higgins. UH History Professor John Rosa consulted on the project as historical advisor. A map component of the display was provided by an industrial arts class at Farrington High School. The project was funded by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities.

Language Varieties Network

Visit Jeff Siegel’s site is about varieties of language that differ from the standard variety that is normally used in the media and taught in the schools. Includes pidgins, creoles, regional dialects, minority dialects and indigenized varieties.