English Only

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Julie Beitzel
October 16, 2011 SEI English Language Teaching: Foundations & Methodologies
Professor Jennifer Ashton

When thinking of France I think of people speaking French, when thinking of Mexico I think of people speaking Spanish so naturally when I think of the United States I think of people speaking English, but this is not the case. For many decades people have been immigrating to the United States from other countries and therefore much of the United States may not speak English or may speak it as a second language. I have always wanted to live Paris, I mean who really has not, it is the city of love but I do not speak French fluently so I would feel out of place there and would not be able to function like I do in the United States because there is a language barrier. How would I go about solving this problem if I truly wanted to go to Paris? I would fully immerse myself in the French language and culture because it would be the fastest way for me to learn the language. An hour or two a day of French would not profit much in me learning because I would rely on the language I am using the most to get me through the day. Were as if I were required to speak and use French only I would be forced to become more familiar with French ultimately using it fluently. This is the point of many state debates about English-only. Many states have educated students from different countries with a bilingual approach for many years. They have been taught in their native language for a majority of their school day and have been learning English as a second language. How can we expect students to learn a language that they are not required to use or understand for the majority of their school day? California is one of a few states that have passed a law to provide education to immigrate students in English only. “Proposition 227 was a California…...

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