Presentation on theme: "International Mother Tongue Day 21 February"— Presentation transcript:
International Mother Tongue Day 21 February http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w_ty3elpno
WHAT IS A MOTHER LANGUAGE? A mother language is the first language learned from birth or learned ‘naturally’ during childhood. People can have more than one mother language when they grow-up in a bilingual or multilingual environment.
Other words for MOTHER LANGUAGE? MOTHER TONGUE FIRST LANGUAGE NATIVE LANGUAGE L1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-XozG0RSCo ARE MOTHER LANGUAGES IMPORTANT?
Key information summary from Languages matter! video More than 50 per cent of the approximately 7,000 languages spoken in the world are likely to die out within a few generations, and 96 per cent of these languages are spoken by a mere 4 per cent of the world's population. Only a few hundred languages have genuinely been given pride of place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world. http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/background.shtml
CLASS ACTIVITY PAIR & CLASS DISCUSSION How are Slovenian mother language(s) treated? Is language extinction prevalent in Slovenia? As more immigrants move to Slovenia, how should Slovenia deal with the increased number of people with different mother tongues?
CLASS DISCUSSION How difficult is Slovene for an English native speaker? http://www2.arnes.si/~mkosir2/studywithus/SI/MyCountry/MyCountry_Slovenia08.pdf http://dailyinfographic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Hard-Languages-To-Learn.png
CLASS DISCUSSION How difficult is English for a Slovene native speaker? http://www.subsim.com/radioroom/showthread.php?t=196114