Exploring linguistic diversity using human bingo to facilitate a discussion about language preservation.
Keywords: Language preservation, human bingo, cultural value, diversity
Aims and Rationale
Learning Outcomes and Associated Areas of Knowledge
21st Century skills
- Collaboration and Communication
- Equality and Diversity
- Research Skills and Practices
- Flexibility and Adaptability
- Public Speaking and Presentation
Challenge: Not having enough people to fit the boxes
Solution: You can allow the students to have the same person sign more than one box
Challenge: No one wins
Solution: Winner can be person(s) who fills the most boxes
Challenge: Not enough cards
Solution: Participants can work in pairs, facilitator can display and adapt activity by reading out the statements and the participants have to find someone who matches that in the room, facilitator will need to read one statement at a time.
Challenge: Participants do not know what to say or do not have answers to the questions – particularly the last question.
Solution: Think of some examples beforehand for each question and if participants do not know what to say, use the example as a way to guide them.
Assessment for Learning
Assessment for learning starts the minute the activity begins. By having to go up to other members of the group and asking them the statement, the participants are immediately putting their interpersonal skills into practise and growing in confidence. During the feedback section when the facilitator is going through each statement with the corresponding answers from the winning card, the group is able to understand and recognise the linguistic diversity amongst themselves. Furthermore, through the use of the follow-up questions, the group is able to have a discussion about the languages spoken and examine their value.
Assessment 'How to'
To assess students’ learning, the facilitator can ask each person to say one thing they learnt from the doing the activity. To help add a fun factor to this, the facilitator can use a small ball that can be passed to participants when it is their turn to share their reflection.