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Welcome to the Living Tongues unit!

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Languages change a lot over time and are influenced by culture, historical events, technological advances, and more. These factors also cause new languages to evolve, and, sometimes, cause existing languages to become extinct. Today, linguists are working to preserve some languages that are in danger of disappearing; although not everyone agrees that this is worth the effort.
In this unit, you will:
  • Learn about endangered languages, and languages that have a relatively small number of speakers worldwide
  • Consider the role languages play in society
  • Think about why people are making efforts to preserve languages
  • Watching videos that explain different approaches and strategies for reading
  • Reading and answering questions about literary and informational texts
  • Learning new academic words
In order to answer the essential question: What is the value of preserving languages?

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