Resource Request

Leah has another question for the group:
Does anyone know of any sources that explain acquiring language in simple terms for 9-12 graders?
Each semester all classes in our school are required to have our students engage in a school wide writing process, and write an essay in English, which takes several days in class. Last semester I chose the theme of the Berlin Wall. This semester I was hoping to find an article/reading that can explain to students in simple terms how language is acquired, or something along those lines.
I also thought about an article exploring the benefits of learning a language? Or, how languages are organically created. I want a topic that will get them thinking and motivate them in our CI work.
Please direct me to anything you think of. If not, I’m going to rewrite something already out there myself.
Merci beaucoup!



13 thoughts on “Resource Request”

  1. Leah, these sound like great resources (I look forward to reading your piece Judy!), and if you want to read a really informative and entertaining book that’ll undoubtedly get the thoughts rolling, pick up Bill Bryson’s “Mother Tongue”… I’ve been really enjoying it the last week!! Some topics that have jumped out at me: linguistic evolution, human physiology allowing for language, common ancestral languages, national language fueds… Chrisz, I didn’t realize Canada had such a historical tenuous relationship with French/English, etc etc (and I’m only on Chapter 3).

  2. Jim – Thanks for the book tip! I just finished “In the land of invented languages” which is also a good read. There’s also a website – check it out.

    1. Will do… I wonder if she talks about aUI, a Luther grad (where I went to college and in the town where I now reside) invented it.

          1. Did I see that correctly – a character-based language? It looks a lot like the written form of a nationality language where I lived in China (Yi nationality – subgroup Sani). Wild.

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