Map the distribution and spread of selected major languages, eg English, Spanish. Relate this to the history of exploration, colonisation and migration.
* Collect foreign words that have entered the English language, eg verandah, sarong, tsunami, anorak. Locate their origin and explain why they have become everyday words.
* Look for evidence of past migrationsinvasions in place names, eg chester (Roman), beck (Scandinavian), ton (Saxon). What does this tell us about where these peoples settled?
www.ordnancesurvey.co.ukoswebsitefreefundidyouknowplacenames The names of many physical features have a foreign origin, eg fjord, esker, levee. As a revision activity, list words you think might fall into this category from the glossary in your physical geography textbook and then look them up in a dictionary to see if you are right. Map which country they come from.
Compare countries with more than one official language. eg Switzerland: www.swissworld.org (
distribution of languages); Belgium http:pespmc1.vub.ac.beBELGCUL.html
How do they manage this? Is it a strength or a weakness? Is it an indicator of socio-economic inequality?