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Language Death in Oaxaca

June 16, 2022 by Student Zoya A. Zoya A.

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Learning Targets

  • 21st Century Skills
  • human systems and stewardship
  • Inquiry and Research Design
  • Interpretation and Expression
  • Language Arts
  • People and Cultures

Driving Question: How can I use video to present my investigations (SPEED factors) into the lives of the Zapotec people of Oaxaca, Mexico?

Project Summary: In this project, Zoya looked at the lives of the Zapotec community in Oaxaca, and how their lives are impacted by their exposure to Spanish. Her film explores the different aspects of Spanish language exposure (in education, economy, and stigma) and what it meant for the Zapotec people, with a question left to the audience: What does the future look like for the Zapotec?