View the short video above for a basic understanding of official language. What role should English play in the process of adjusting to the United States? Should English language proficiency be a prerequisite for full inclusion in the society, as stated in the 1907 quotation from President Roosevelt at the beginning of Chapter 2? Should English be made the official language of the nation? This would mean that government business at all levels would be conducted only in English.
Some argue that “Official English” would avoid the expense and confusion of translating government documents and proceedings and would speed up assimilation, empowering newcomers to compete for jobs and position. Others argue that such policies are unnecessary, thinly veiled attempts to marginalize immigrants and continue their exclusion from the mainstream.
What are the arguments in this debate? How well reasoned and supported are the positions? What are the claims and counter-claims? What context does the material presented in the chapter give to support various claims.
POINTS OF VIEW
U.S. English, Inc. is a “citizens action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English Language in the United States.” The organization works to make English the official language of the U.S. and strongly opposes efforts to make Spanish an official second language
Institute for Language and Education Policy (ILEP)
This organization is headed by Dr. James Crawford and advocates “research-based policies in serving English and heritage language learners” and strongly opposes “Official English” which they see as an unnecessary assault on immigrants and minority groups. Dr. Crawford argues that the new immigrant groups are learning English rapidly – perhaps in two generations as opposed to the “traditional” three generation pace – and that it is non-English languages that are in danger of disappearing.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
Is the “English-only” movement a disguise for prejudice and intolerance Or is “English-only” a practical solution to governmental paperwork? How could the underlying debate be resolved?
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Top right corner: name and title: reflection (assimilation)
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Supporting statements from the textbook are not required. However, if you choose to use the textbook information within your reflection, it should be very sparingly and in-text citations must be used for re-phrased ideas and quotes must be used for direct text. The textbook would then need to be cited on a second page titled references. Use MLA, APA, or other common format of your choice.
Additional outside research is not required or expected. However, if you choose to use any additional sources within your reflection, it should be very sparingly and in-text citations must be used for re-phrased ideas and quotes must be used for direct text. The textbook would then need to be cited on a second page titled references. Use MLA, APA, or other common format of your choice.
Top right corner: name and title: reflection (assimilation) – 2 points
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12 point times new roman – 4 points
double-spaced – 4 points
1 full page of content – 8 points
original thoughts – 4 points
answered the questions posed – 4 points
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