Maintaining or revitalizing threatened or endangered languages has become of the goal of many educators and human rights activists. Historically, minorities have suffered the loss of language at a far greater rate. In the United States, Native American tribes are striving to maintain languages that are on the verge of extinction. Read the article, “Tribe Revives Language on Verge of Extinction,” and reflect on how one educator has made a difference using technology. Then, check out The Linguists and view their mission to document languages. Finally, read about Pan Ching-hsiung and his mission to promote native languages in the article, “Cabbie on a Mission to Promote Native Languages.” Did the stories inspire you? As an educator, what can be done to maintain, revitalize, or curb language extinction among language minorities around the world? How will you encourage younger generations to continue the linguistic traditions of their parents and grandparents? How can technology help? How can you, without going to the extremes detailed in the resources, make a difference when it comes to nurturing a student’s native language and cultural identity?
I believe that we should inspire our students by showing images such as the one that I have attached. I obtained this image from a friend on Facebook. I never realized how the Native Americans had such an impact on our society. A few years ago when I was reading a book called "Made in America" by Bill Bryson, the claim was that the origin of word "neck" is the Algonquian word "naiack" meaning "point, corner", Algonquian being the name for a