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

by Lucy Tse
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807740969

ISBN-13: 9780807740965

Pub. Date: 09/21/2001

Publisher: Teachers College Press

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…  See more details below

Overview

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:
403,532
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1"Why Don't They Learn English?": Language Policy and Public Perception1
Ch. 2The State of English-Language Learning9
Ch. 3The State of Heritage Language Development30
Ch. 4Why Promote Heritage Languages?44
Ch. 5How Can Heritage Languages Be Promoted?59
Ch. 6Where Do We Go From Here?70
Notes75
References93
Index105
About the Author109

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