The Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th of September each year. The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:
Some language facts:
Quiz on language facts:
Idioms of the world:
Online activities for students:
Discuss Language and its connection to thought
(From the introduction to George Orwell's "1984", Penguin Reader)
Linguist on mission to save Inuit 'fossil language' disappearing with the ice
TED talk on endangered cultures
How languages evolve https://youtu.be/iWDKsHm6gTA
Parody of learning: https://youtu.be/xq8IqZXy1s8
Several languages die every year and English is becoming used more and more as a world language. Many people feel this is a positive trend and that a world with fewer languages promotes harmony and understanding between people. Analyze both sides of this argument and provide your opinion.
Before writing, also read the notes on globalisation on the Proficiency blog. Doesn't English as the global language contribute to and result in it?
Paragraph 1: introduce the topic —- English is the global language —- more and more people strive to master it=> both positive and negative aspects
Paragraph 3: results in globalization= homogeneous societies = similar tastes in music/films/ clothes—-> uniformity, no variation , elimination of cultural differences/traditions, limited significance of cultural identity and individual history, indigenous languages / dialects constantly die out/ vanish/ become extinct which means that a civilisation/ culture/ tribe ceases / stops to exist
Paragraph 4: sum up both aspects and say your own opinion, end with a final message