Preschool Aims to Keep the Dakota Language Alive

UNITED STATES A young educator plans to open an immersion school in Minnesota, where only five Dakota first-language speakers remain. Funding and staffing challenges often face such schools, but Vanessa Goodthunder is determined to “help heal historical trauma.” (Christian Science Monitor) How are Native Americans in California working to preserve another endangered language? Watch this great video lesson from our partners at the Global Oneness … Continue reading Preschool Aims to Keep the Dakota Language Alive

Hello! Whales Can Imitate Human Speech

SCIENCE Killer whales able to copy words such as ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’ as well as sounds from other orcas. (Guardian) What other animal sounds can whales imitate? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas An orca named Wikie has quasi-successfully imitated basic human speech. According to the Guardian, what two elements make genuine human speech possible? … Continue reading Hello! Whales Can Imitate Human Speech

Generation Gaps, Social Studies, and Learning Through Language

National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee Sandhya Narayanan grew up hearing five different languages spoken at home (Malayalam, Hindi, English, Tamil, and Bengali) and many more spoken around her in the international city of Toronto. This multilingual environment made Sandhya interested in language, but it wasn’t until college that she discovered there was a whole field devoted to it. Studying linguistic anthropology expanded the knowledge Sandhya … Continue reading Generation Gaps, Social Studies, and Learning Through Language

Discovery May Help Decipher Ancient Inca String Code

SCIENCE New clues to an old mystery about Inca language aren’t etched in stone. They’re tied in knots. (Nat Geo News) How did khipu help shape South American geography? Discussion Ideas The Nat Geo News article describes a new analysis of Incan khipu (or quipu). What are khipu? Khipu are knotted cords used by the ancient Inca to record events, census data, and accounts. (Khipu … Continue reading Discovery May Help Decipher Ancient Inca String Code