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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807740965
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 9/21/2001
  • Series: Language and Literacy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 482,683
  • 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 Perception 1
Ch. 2 The State of English-Language Learning 9
Ch. 3 The State of Heritage Language Development 30
Ch. 4 Why Promote Heritage Languages? 44
Ch. 5 How Can Heritage Languages Be Promoted? 59
Ch. 6 Where Do We Go From Here? 70
Notes 75
References 93
Index 105
About the Author 109
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