"Why Don't They Learn English?": Separating Fact from Fallacy in the U.S. Language Debate
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 DebateUser 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
Review: Why Don't They Learn English?: Separating Fact from Fallacy in the US Language DebateUser Review - Ghola - Goodreads
This is a great short read that deals with myths associated with immigrants and Limited English Proficiency. Tse does an excellent job of sticking to the real problems facing immigrants learning English, and why the "English Only" movement is somewhat misguided. Read full review