By James Crawford
A suite of 18 essays addressing the coverage and politics of teaching English language freshmen. matters contain demographic switch and its academic implications, American responses to language variety, public controversies over bilingual schooling, high-stakes checking out and its influence on English language newbies, and the precarious prestige of language rights within the united states.
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This year, by contrast, virtually all of the presidential contenders, along with many candidates for lower office, have made efforts to speak Spanish on the campaign trail. Virtually nobody has complained, except for those who have been subjected to their solecisms. The Democrats’ early front-runner, Howard Dean, drew laughter from a Latino audience when denouncing what President Bush had done to ‘nosotros ingresos’ (us incomes). ’ Fortunately, neither followed the example of a Texas Congressman on a visit to Mexico, who announced: ‘Estoy embarazada’ (I’m pregnant).
Voters who are drawn to anti-immigrant measures like Proposition 187 (1994), anti-civil rights initiatives like Proposition 209 (1996), and language-restrictionist legislation like Proposition 63 (1986). • There was the wise decision by Ron Unz not to appeal directly to such people with the kind of nativist rhetoric associated with the traditional English-only movement, which denounced bilingualism as unAmerican, unpatriotic, divisive, and so forth. Of course, Unz didn’t have to resort to such tactics in order to win over these voters, who already had their minds made up about bilingual education.
Another survey of high school graduates in Dade County, Florida, found that only 2% were fluent in both oral and written Spanish. As a local businesswoman complained: ‘The majority of the businesses in Miami require bilingual employees, and ... they don’t find them here. 5 While the causes of language shift are numerous and complex, most prominent among them is the power of English. Its hegemony in American economic and cultural life, along with its high social status, makes the dominant language irresistible to younger generations.