Discussion response #7
By qaz1234, Updated
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2) We only speak ENGLISH is this classroom! You may speak in whatever language you please, when you are outside in the playground.
I'm off to school mama, adios.
"By the 2000 census, nearly 46 million people, or about 18 percent of the total population, spoke a native language other than English" (230). As teachers this should be a startling statistic, a problem arises of how do we cater to this large population. It is not easy to teach a student, in English, if they wont know the language. Bilingual education is vastly important to incorporate the student's native language and the content.
"The traditional strategy in most schools has been to help students rid themselves as quickly as possible of what is perceived as the 'burden' of speaking another language" (233). I witnessed this form of education at my elementary school. My native language was Spanish but the teacher would not permit any language other than English be spoken in the classroom.
As the book points out, we should not shun their native language and demand students speak in English. We should have some teachers who are bilingual and ease students into learning English. Neto argues that this is an example of linguistic deculturalization, she argues that in doing this we are depriving our students from social skills in their native language. (233-234)
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