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WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for March 2021

Published: March 17, 2021

Just a year ago, we reached a pivotal point of awareness that a global pandemic had taken hold. People around the world began to acknowledge that their ways of learning, working and living would be fundamentally altered. We offer the following good reads this month that provide perspective on the impact of COVID-19 in a handful of ways that touch the mission of Concordia Language Villages, from how the pandemic has shaped the experience of a generation to its profound and ongoing influence on culture, language and education. 

Shaping a generation. Read what teens have lost (and found) during the pandemic this past year. A variety of perspectives is represented, illustrating how young people have had quite different experiences during this time.

Expanding teaching and learning. Learning happens all the time, all over the place. Rather than seeking ways to catch up and remediate the “COVID slide,” the author challenges us to consider instead where and how learning has seemed to thrive in these past 12 months. 

Fostering artistic expression around the world. Take a tour of international street art, both haunting and inspiring, that has emerged across the globe in the last year. 

Impacting language gains, and losses. Many new words and expressions have popped up since COVID-19 first began to spread. But in German, 1200 new words have come to life. At the same time, there has been great concern about losing the last speakers of some indigenous languages, due to COVID-19’s severe impact on Native communities. Thankfully, many states have prioritized their vaccine allotments to their tribal population.

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