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Script to introduce the film

La Gomera is in the Canary Islands, Spain.

In this film BBC Mundo's Laura Plitt looks at schools in La Gomera where the ancient whistling language silbo gomero is taught.

Silbo gomero was made a compulsory subject in La Gomera in the 1990s to ensure the language did not die out on the island. This means that all of the school pupils there must learn the language.

Children at schools in the Spanish Canary Island of La Gomera are learning an ancient local language in which people communicate through whistling

Show the film and use the discussion prompts afterwards. Email worldclass@bbc.co.uk if you would like to download a copy of this film.

Would you like to learn silbo gomero? Why?

How easy do you think it would be to use silbo gomero to communicate?

Why do you think the islanders didn't want silbo gomero to die out?

Could you whistle loudly enough for someone two miles away to hear it?

Do you learn a language in school? If so, which one and do you enjoy it?

Is there a local language where you live? Do you understand it?

How important is it to keep local languages and traditions in use? Why?

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