Langscape

Free! Langscape is an interactive map that displays where different languages are spoken around the world. After launching the website, users can drag their mouse to scroll over the map to see the different regions of the world and where different languages are spoken. Users can zoom in to see language boundaries and click in different areas to access the region’s exact language and location. In addition, users can click the boxes on the right of the screen to toggle on/off if they wish the name of the countries to appear on the map, and they can use the box…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6
B. Design - 7.3
C. Engagement - 6

6.4

Langscape: A Resource for Cultures, Language, and Learning

Summary : Where Do People Speak That Language?

Langscape is an interactive map that displays where different languages are spoken around the world. After launching the website, users can drag their mouse to scroll over the map to see the different regions of the world and where different languages are spoken. Users can zoom in to see language boundaries and click in different areas to access the region’s exact language and location. In addition, users can click the boxes on the right of the screen to toggle on/off if they wish the name of the countries to appear on the map, and they can use the box on the top to search for specific languages, dialects, or areas on the map.

Instructional Ideas

  1. When beginning a foreign language class, teachers can have students view this website to see the different locations around the world where the language is spoken.
  2. When learning a language, students may also wish to learn about the culture of the people who speak the language. Teachers can create research projects where students will select the language and then choose an area where the language is spoken using this website. Students can then use that information as a springboard into researching the people’s culture who speak that language and live in that region.
  3. To build an understanding of how language spreads, teachers can have students first view the map and note the different areas where one language is spoken. Next, students can create a question they have about why certain languages are spoken in different areas. For example, why is Spanish spoken in Columbia and Argentina but Portuguese is spoken in Brazil. Students will then write a hypothesis in response to their question before conducting research to explain why that phenomenon occurred. Students can then share their question, hypothesis, and researched answer with classmates by posting all that information to a class website, making a short presentation to the class, or discussing that information in small groups.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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