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Language Diversity and Biodiversity


Friday, November 9, 2012, InterAmerican Campus, Room 401, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
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--Awarding 4 hours of Professional Development (2 hours Face-to-Face, 2 hours post-workshop)
Facilitated by David McGuirk
Reading for Workshop:
Luisa Maffi, Linguistics, Cultural and Biological Diversity

Studies into indigenous languages can be used as tools for understanding and preserving biodiversity. In this faculty workshop, participants will learn about efforts to preserve biodiversity by understanding the linkage between preserving indigenous languages and biodiversity conservation. An overview of UNESCO’s efforts to safeguard traditional knowledge and the indigenous languages that have been used to transmit such knowledge will provide participants with the foundation of this unique anthropological and linguistic approach to teaching sustainability.  Moreover, participants will explore classroom activities and resources for using ‘preserving or saving’ endangered languages as a promising educational tool for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity.

Workshop Objectives:

As a result of participating in this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain ways in which traditional knowledge informs ecological conservation efforts

  • Identify links between biodiversity, cultural diversity, and language diversity

  • Discuss the linguistic contexts from which societies frame their  ecological worldview

  • Explain Language Endangerment and Language Diversity

  • Identify ways to integrate language diversity and ecological sustainability into the curriculum

Workshop Assignment/ Plan of Evaluation
Evaluation will include completion of workshop and participants must develop a discipline -specific lesson plan that incorporates key concepts of sustainability and language endangerment issue. The Lesson plan is due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the workshop.

Hosted by Earth Ethics Institute and MDC College Training and Development. To register:


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