Workshop: Language Diversity and Biodiversity

Course ID - CTD0440a 

Short Title: Biodiversity     

 Audience    Faculty
Length of Workshop:       4 hours (2 workshop hours and 2 post workshop hours) 

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.

Studies into indigenous languages can be used as tools for understanding and preserving biodiversity. In this faculty workshop, participants will learn about efforts to preserve biodiversity by understanding the linkage between preserving indigenous languages and biodiversity conservation. An overview of UNESCO's efforts to safeguard traditional knowledge and the indigenous languages that have been used to transmit such knowledge will provide participants with the foundation of this unique anthropological and linguistic approach to teaching sustainability.  Moreover, participants will explore classroom activities and resources for using "preserving or saving" endangered languages as a promising educational tool for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity.
Evaluation will include completion of workshop and participants must develop a discipline specific lesson plan that incorporates key concepts of sustainability and language endangerment issue. The Lesson Plan is due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the workshop.


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain ways in which traditional knowledge informs ecological conservation efforts
  • Identify links between biodiversity, cultural diversity, and language diversity
  • Discuss the linguistic contexts from which societies frame their ecological worldview
  • Explain Language Endangerment and Language Diversity
  • Identify ways to integrate language diversity and ecological sustainability into the curriculum


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Course ID: CTD0440a  
Course Title: Biodiversity
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

Registration for CT&D workshops are through the Student Information and Registration system.  The process for registering for a CTD workshop will be the same as registering for a regular class at MDC.  

New - Easier registration for workshops

You can access the Registration System and register for a CTD workshop using the same user name and password that use to login to your computer.    Example:   Richard Johnson  would be rjohnson     (You will NOT need to create a separate student myMDC account to register for a CTD workshop

Make a note of the Reference Number for the workshop then go to Registration Instructions

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If you need special assistance to participate in this workshop due to a disability, please call CT&D at 7-2366 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  College Training and Development complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.