Tuesday, February 21, 2012

INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY: A SPEAKING LESSON

International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages. International Mother Language Day originated as the international recognition of Language Movement Day, which has been commemorated in Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) since 1952, when a number of students including the students of the University of Dhaka were killed by the Pakistani police in Dhaka during Bengali Language Movement protests.

From: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Mother_Language_Day

This day has reminded me of some very thought provoking discussions I had with groups of advanced learners in the past. Here are two blog posts that can serve as prompts for a fair deal of speaking practice:

LANGUAGES IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION

VIDEO ON ENDANGERED CULTURES

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