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Why Don't They Learn English Separating Fact From Fallacy In the U.S. Language Debate / Edition 1

Why Don't They Learn English Separating Fact From Fallacy In the U.S. Language Debate / Edition 1

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This compelling book examines the often cited but poorly supported claims that immigrants fail to learn English, and the mistaken belief that immigrant communities cling to their heritage languages. The author reveals that, on the contrary, English is being learned at a rapid pace while heritage languages are disappearing quickly from family use. She shows us how current assumptions have a pervasive influence on language policy in the United States.

Ultimately, the author argues for an educational approach that effectively embraces immigrant communities as they tackle the obstacles to language learning in the United States. This unique volume offers a short, readable introduction to these issues suitable for nonspecialists as well as educators, researchers, and other professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807740965
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 09/21/2001
Series: Language and Literacy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 891,055
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1"Why Don't They Learn English?": Language Policy and Public Perception1
Official English-Language Amendments2
Education Sanctions5
Chapter 2The State of English-Language Learning9
Who Are U.S. Immigrants?10
Are Immigrants and Their Children Learning English?14
Why Do Some Students Learn English Faster Than Others?21
Obstacles to Learning English25
Chapter 3The State of Heritage Language Development30
The Typical Life of an Immigrant Language30
Causes of Language Loss32
The Myth of Language Ghettos40
Chapter 4Why Promote Heritage Languages?44
Benefits of Heritage Language Development44
Consequences of Heritage Language Loss51
Support for Foreign- Versus Heritage Language Programs53
Chapter 5How Can Heritage Languages Be Promoted?59
Language Exposure and Group Membership60
Providing Language Exposure in Heritage Language Programs63
Promoting Group Membership in Heritage Language Programs65
Chapter 6Where Do We Go From Here?70
What Is the Current Situation?70
Where Do We Go From Here?72
About the Author109

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