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Languages of Rhode Island
--Language and Country Projects--

The Languages of RI Project was completed by the graduate students of the M.Ed. in TESL Program at Rhode Island College. Over the past 3-4 years, our graduate students have been developing informational PowerPoints to aid RI teachers in understanding the distance students are traveling from their native languages and countries to English in the United States. In the cases of high incidence languages sometimes multiple Powerpoints were done.


Each short language Powerpoint (12 slides) consists of:

1. Background information about the language; it's varieties, where it is spoken, it's orthography and structure
2. Information about common problems a speaker of that language would have when learning English; natural errors they might make and
3. Cross-cultural communication style; aspects to be aware of (greeting, touching and other taboos) when conversing with a speaker of that language.


Each short country Powerpoint (12 slides) consists of:

1. Background information including the country's location, literacy rates, poverty levels, political turmoil or stability that exists, etc.
2. Information about educational opportunities found in the country (schooling available, grade level configurations, curriculum, typical classroom setting, teacher qualifications, etc.)
3. Information about the attitudes or views towards English and English speakers.

Please remember that these were done by graduate students, not specialists in each language and country. While we made every effort to use reputable sources which we have cited, should you find errors of fact, please contact Dr. Nancy Cloud, at ncloud@ric.edu; (401)456-8789

                                    





Languages and Countries of Africa

 



 

    
Afrikaans
Akan
Amharic
Bambara
Cape Verdean
Ewe
Fulah
Grebo
Hassaniya
Igbo
Kpelle
Kru
Kunama
Mandigo
Nigerian       Swahili
Tigre
      Tigrinya
Twi
Wolof
Yoruba


 


Burundi

Cape Verde

Ethiopia

Gambia

Ghana

Liberia

Malawi

Nigeria

Senegal

South Africa

Tanzania


 


Bengali
Cambodian (Khmer)
Cebuano
Chinese
Filipino
Gayo
Gujarati
Hindi
Hmong
Indonesian
Japanese
Kashmiri
Kazakh
Laotian
Malay
Marathi
Nepali
Punjabi
Sindhi
Sinhala
Tagalog
Tamil
Telugu
Thai
Urdu
Vietnamese


Azerbaijan

Cambodia

China

India

Japan

Laos

Philippines

South Korea

Thailand

Turkey


Languages and Countries of Central America


K'iche


Spanish

 

Belize

Costa Rica

El Salvador

Guatemala

Mexico

Nicaragua

Panama



Albanian
Armenian
Bulgarian
Catalan
Croatian
French
German
Greek
Italian
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Serbian
Slovene
Spanish
Swedish
Turkish
Ukranian

 

Portugal

Serbia


Languages and Countries of the Middle East

 





Arabic

Hebrew

Pashto

Persian


 



Iran

Israel

Pakistan



Languages and Countries of Oceania

 



 

Bislama
Mandar
Marshallese

Vanuatu

Languages and Countries of South America

Portuguese

Quechua

Spanish


Argentina

Bolivia

Brazil

Columbia

Ecuador

Peru


Uruguay

Venezuela



Languages and Countries of the Caribbean

Haitian-Creole   

 

Cuba

Dominican Republic

Haiti

Puerto Rico


Sign Language






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