"Why Don't They Learn English?": Separating Fact from Fallacy in the U.S. Language Debate

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Teachers College Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Education - 109 pages
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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.

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Review: Why Don't They Learn English?: Separating Fact from Fallacy in the US Language Debate

User Review  - Natalie - Goodreads

Ok, I admit it, this was a textbook of mine. But it is still so relevant in the public education debate, the discussion of misconceptions about and discriminations of ethnic minorities and immigrants ... Read full review

Review: Why Don't They Learn English?: Separating Fact from Fallacy in the US Language Debate

User Review  - Claire - Goodreads

Interesting arguments, but I wouldn't give this to a die-hard anti-immigration type. It's not THAT convincing. For example, using self-reported measures of English-speaking confidence does not tell me that these children are actually speaking that well. Blah blah blah, you get the point. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Tse is an associate professor of education at California State University, Los Angeles.

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