One of my former professional pursuits involved field research in the western highlands of Guatemala, investigating some of the causes of the decline of a Mayan language. I had to learn a bit of the language myself, and made recordings of conversations to document the language. I just uploaded a 90 second clip of one of those conversations to the music/podcast frame
on the left side of my page in Classroom 2.0.
In my blog Tryangulation
, I've had a few posts recently
about the fascinating Turkish language, and that got me thinking again about how diverse the world's languages really are. Both Turkish and the Western Mam of Guatemala are incredibly different from English and from each other. To think of such a comparison between only three of the world's perhaps 6000 languages leaves me amazed at the richness of human thought and creativity across continents and millennia: so many meanings
that we have in common, yet so many different ways to reflect on them and express them.
Now think of the 30 kids sitting in your class, and imagine how each one carries that capacity for creativity within them!