Language all Around
(October 17, 2013)
Language represents us everywhere, even in interstellar space. Global Studies began last week with a conversation about Voyager's Golden Record. We listened to the audio recordings of greetings from Earth in many languages and voices. The participants were delighted that the English message, "Hello from the children of planet Earth," used the voice of a child. The Voyager discussion launched the idea of creating a time capsule for Talking Stick as an independent project.
As a collaborative game, I placed the name of a language on each young person's back and they had to guess which language they were by asking the other participants yes or no questions. This game concluded rapidly despite the difficulty of many of the languages. Their recall of the previous week's discussion on the top twenty languages of the world was powerful and effective in helping them to ask the right questions. They decided to play the game twice more, once using different nations and once with favorite book titles.
They then went to work on their independent projects which included,