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Every society has a number of choices to make in terms of which language will be used in that society and when. When it comes to multilingual societies, decisions also need to be made concerning how many languages the society will support, how many languages members of the society are expected to learn, and so on. In this session, we’ll take a brief look at the layers of language use in multilingual and bilingual societies. We’ll then consider some of the language policy choices that governments must make. Finally, we’ll explore how individuals in a multilingual society use language.
1. Multilingual and Bilingual Societies
2. Language Policy Choices
3. Individual Choices in a Multilingual Society
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Vocabulary can be a difficult area for students to progress in. Despite the fact that students learning English are exposed to new vocabulary every day, it takes a great deal of repetition for students to internalize the new vocabulary and actually be able to use it successfully in their communication. One technique for helping students learn vocabulary is called "Mind Mapping".
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The following two activities are short, fun ways to teach your language students about the changeability and unpredictability of culture.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Materials: Photos of different eras or time periods in the culture you are teaching.
1. Tell the class that it is important that they realize that the culture they are learning about in their language class doesn't stay the same. It is constantly changing based on changes inside and outside the culture.