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Teaching Resources

World Languages - Diversity, Endangerment, and Revitalization

STEM Discipline

Linguistics

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

Culture, Individual Development and Identity, Global Connections, People + Places + Environments

Key Terms:

Language, Culture, Linguistics, Linguistic Diversity, Language Endangerment, Language Revitalization   

Key Concepts:

  • The science of linguistics
  • The world's linguistic diversity
  • Language as a window into culture and cognition
  • Vulnerable and endangered languages
  • Efforts to revitalize languages

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

Smithsonian-led research team working with members of the Zapotec community of La Ventosa, Oaxaca, Mexico, to document and revitalize language and knowledge associated with plants. Photo by Gibrán Morales Carranza.Smithsonian-led research team working with members of the Zapotec community of La Ventosa, Oaxaca, Mexico, to document and revitalize language and knowledge associated with plants. Photo by Gibrán Morales Carranza.
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RESOURCES ABOUT RECOVERING LANGUAGES

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NATIONAL CURRICULUM STANDARDS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES (NCSS)

The Recovering Languages teaching resources support students in meeting the following National Social Studies Standards:

Culture

  • Human beings create, learn, share, and adapt to culture.

 

Individual Development and Identity

  • Personal identity is shaped by an individual's culture, by groups, by institutional influences, and by lived experiences shared with people inside and outside the individual's own culture throughout her or his development.

 

Global Connections

  • Global connections have intensified and accelerated the changes faced at the local, national and international levels

 

People, Places, and Environments

  • The study of people, places, and environments enables us to understand the relationship between human populations and the physical world
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Gabriela Pérez Báez wearing a shiny black shirt with a green checked collar, smiling behind a bingo card with images of plants. Smithsonian photo by Jennifer Renteria.
Gabriela Pérez Báez
Curator of Linguistics

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