How Colonialism Spread Languages: Summary & Examples

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As a result of colonialism, Spanish is spoken widely throughout _____.

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1. How did using a European tongue as the administrative language of a colony benefit the empire?

2. Particularly in the 16th and 17th centuries, what was one of the primary goals of colonialism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out how much you know about colonialism and the spread of language with this multiple-choice quiz and worksheet. The quiz requires you to recall details like the main goal of colonialism in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Where Spanish is widely spoken as a result of colonialism
  • How European language benefited the empire
  • Primary goals of colonialism in the 16th and 17th centuries
  • The failure of forcing colonized peoples to adopt a European language
  • Solutions used by postcolonial nations to honor European languages and restore indigenous languages

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question regarding use of the Spanish language as a result of colonialism
  • Making connections - use what you've learned to make connections between colonialism and the Spanish language
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about modern solutions used by postcolonial nations to honor European languages and restore indigenous languages

Additional Learning

Delve even further into this topic by reviewing the lesson titled How Colonialism Spread Languages: Summary & Examples. Here's the type of information you'll find in this lesson:

  • The history of language and colonialism
  • What marked a cultural claim to conquered lands
  • Official languages in Kenya
  • Postcolonial language
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