By James Crawford
A set of 18 essays addressing the coverage and politics of training English language freshmen. matters comprise demographic swap and its academic implications, American responses to language variety, public controversies over bilingual schooling, high-stakes checking out and its effect on English language beginners, and the precarious prestige of language rights within the united states.
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Is this truly the signal we want to send? Why Conserve Heritage Languages? As noted above, addressing unmet language needs is essential to the national interest in such areas as the economy, world affairs, and community relations. But the benefits do not end there. For individuals, they include: 26 W:\Clients\MLM\Crawford\ Crawford Proof 3 27 February 2008 17:00:32 Color profile: Disabled Composite Default screen Heritage Languages in America 25 • Cognitive and academic growth. Psychologists have found that bilingualism is correlated with greater mental flexibility, perhaps because a command of two symbolic systems provides more than one way to approach a problem.
School districts are bureaucratic institutions, so it wouldn’t surprise me if that happened on occasion. Still it’s 50 W:\Clients\MLM\Crawford\ Crawford Proof 3 27 February 2008 17:00:34 Color profile: Disabled Composite Default screen The Bilingual Education Story 49 hardly commonplace if you check with the California Department of Education, which no reporter on this story did, to my knowledge. Over the past decade, a state official told me, the Department has received numerous formal complaints from parents unable to get their kids into bilingual education, but not a single complaint from those unable to get their kids out.
Despite bantering off-the-record with French journalists, he reportedly refuses to be recorded speaking the language. The political peril is obvious. One Bush cabinet member has already charged that Kerry ‘looks French,’ seeking to capitalize on some Americans’ loathing for Old Europe following the split over US military adventures in Iraq. Sounding French as well could be the coup de grâce – or so Kerry’s strategists fear. President Bush has openly criticized the English-only movement, a calculated move, well-vetted by advisers.
Advocating for English Learners: Selected Essays (Bilingual Education & Bilingualism) by James Crawford