Citizenship

18th November 2005 at 00:00
Pupils could use the article to research and give a presentation on the future of languages (peer education possibilities?). Challenge pupils in teams to enquire into:

* Would we experience life differently if we spoke another language?

* What might be the causes of languages dialects dying out?

* What might the consequences be?

* Is this a natural process of socialglobal evolution?

* Who should be responsible for protecting endangered languages?

* How might they be protected?

* Is language political? (Explore the Hebrew and Welsh examples).

* What is Esperanto, and will it help or hinder the survival of languages?

Pupils could plan a campaign to protect a languagedialect of their choice; consider planning and strategy, publicity, networking, lobbying, the role of the EU, Commonwealth, and the UN, as well as local councils, and the role of education.

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