The following activity allows students the opportunity to listen to different forms of commonly spoken languages in New Haven and to learn how and why languages change from place to place. This activity will help students to understand how they will create their school language website, which is detailed after the activities in this unit.
Students will watch the videos in the list below and listen to the creators as they walk through versions of Arabic, Spanish, English, and Persian. They will listen for similarities and differences. Students will be encouraged to discuss their observations with their classmates.
Possible Videos for this Activity
- Persian: Persian Speaking World: Similarities & Differences (کشورهای فارسی زبان) by Bahador Alast on YouTube
- Persian: Similarities Between Pashto and Persian by Bahador Alast on YouTube
- Persian: The Persian Language and What Makes It Fascinating by Langfocus on YouTube
- Arabic: Students Speak Different Arabic Dialects by The Daily Q on YouTube
- Arabic: HOW TO SAY "A LOT" IN 10 DIFFERENT ARAB COUNTRIES! INTRODUCTION TO ARABIC DIALECTS! by LearnArabicwithMaha on YouTube
- Arabic: LEARN ARABIC- 8 DIFFERENT WAYS TO SAY YES! by LearnArabicwithMaha on YouTube
- Arabic and Spanish: How Similar Are Spanish And Arabic? by BuzzFeedVideo on YouTube *this video has a swear
- Spanish: Spanish Dialects Around The World: How Spanish Varies From Country To Country by Babbel USA on YouTube
- Spanish: SPANISH ACCENTS | Language challenge: accents (Spanish with subtitles) by Pedro Rivas on YouTube
- AAE: 3 ways to speak English | Jamila Lyiscott by TED on YouTube
Content and Language Objectives
After watching videos of different versions of various languages, students will be able to respond using yes or no regarding if that is how they use the words that they hear in the video that corresponds to their language. They will also practice saying the word in English.
After watching videos of different versions of various languages, students will be able to discuss similarities and differences between the languages and the dialects of various countries, with special attention to their home language.
After watching videos of different versions of various languages, students will be able to compare and contrast the different dialects and to discuss with classmates the reasons that words may have changed from place to place.
Beginning: Language, same, different
Advanced: dialects, regions, accents, standard