How can we revitalize a language that is important to our community?
Students explore the process of reviving a threatened, endangered, or dormant language and connect this important endeavor to the broader concept of cultural preservation and diversity. Students investigate, compare, and reflect on the nature of the target language and culture they are studying in relation to the dominant language and culture in the region. They engage in real-world language use and set personal goals for language acquisition and cultural understanding.
This project is designed to be implemented in schools and programs that are focused on revitalizing indigenous or endangered languages and cultures, rather than in a typical World Languages (e.g., French or Spanish) classroom. To find projects for a more typical World Language context, see Welcome to Our School, What in the World?, or Global Market.