Language, Culture, and Perception: The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

Subgroup Size

Large Group


1 hour and 10 minutes

External cost



Activity adapted by Lindsey Macdonald, CILMAR, from the following:

Rachel Anderson Droogsma, PhD, for the Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Capstone Project (Spring 2008). The activity is no longer available online.

Lesson Plan

As a result of this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Discuss the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis and how language may shape their thoughts and perceptions. 2. Identify the relationships between language, culture, and perception. 3. Reflect on how the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis might apply to their own uses of language.