I believe language is something many people take advantage of. We are exposed to language from birth and it is something that it expected of us to learn. I believe especially in the U.S because of the exposure to language and the commonality of it, it is not really considered or valued as it should be. Many people in the U.S speak English and even though it is not the official language of the U.S. it is challenging to live here without the knowledge of this language. I believe this along with the lack of value, make many people not realize or understand the importance of other languages. With the extinction of other languages other things are lost as well. As mentioned in the lecture, with the loss of a language comes a loss of different and unique understandings of the world. I like how the lecture mentioned that different languages allow people to understand and adapt to things differently. By having access to a multitude of languages different perspectives can be given about different aspects of life which can be very helpful to have. I do believe that the world benefits greatly because of the diversity in language. Every language has something new to offer, and can help tell a part of our worlds history, therefore the importance of all languages is immense.
I will say, I do believe it would be easier if everyone spoke the same language, however, I have found here along with many other aspect of life just because something is easy, does not mean that it is right. The things that we would lose due to the loss of other languages is far too great to give up just for the ease of everyone speaking the same language. In addition, using only one language, such as English, would only benefit those who already only speak English. It would strip those who speak other languages of their identity and culture, this again is not worth the ease of all speaking one language.
I also believe that if English was the minority language everyone who spoke it would feel the same way those who speak minority languages feel now. I know thinking about not being able to communicate or express myself the way I want through language would be extremely frustrating and I know I would think it would be unfair if my language was at risk of become lost or if I was forced to learn another language and not use my native one. In order to protect my language I would be sure to teach it to my children and those around me who were willing to learn it. I would fight for it to be taught in schools and to have people exposed to it. Language is something that is so important to everyone and so big steps need to be taken to protect it.
I feel like if more people thought about the possible loss of their own language (piece of their identity) they might be more understanding as to why others would want to fight to protect their native language.
Overall this course was along the lines of what I thought it to be. I really enjoyed taking this class and everything I learned. I took this class with LLT 361 and it was really interesting to see some similarities between the two. I now have a new understanding for language, how it works and the importance of it. I believe I will be able to use what I have learned as a teacher. I know I will have students who do not speak English as their first language. Because of what I have learned in this class I now know the importance of incorporating the child’s native language in addition to teaching them English. Just having a more knowledge about language can help me teach children overall as a teacher.