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8th-Apr-2010 12:07 am
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Inspired by a paper I'm writing at the moment...

Do you support bilingual education or language immersion programs?

Both
25(36.2%)
Neither
2(2.9%)
Other
7(10.1%)

Have you been a student in either type of program?

Yes, bilingual education
7(10.1%)
Yes, language immersion
5(7.2%)
No
47(68.1%)

Have you been a teacher in either situation?

Yes, bilingual education
1(1.5%)
Yes, language immersion
4(5.9%)
No
62(91.2%)

If you're from the US, do you support the English Only movement?

Yes - we're in America, we speak English here!
13(20.0%)
No - We've survived 200+ years without an official language, we don't need one now.
37(56.9%)
Not sure
9(13.8%)
Other
6(9.2%)
Comments 
8th-Apr-2010 04:16 am (UTC)
I see no reason to make English (or any other language) the official language of the US, but it still pisses me off when I get given stuff only in Spanish (of which I understand about 100 words) just because I'm a brunette living in California. >:(
8th-Apr-2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Doing an immersion program in Belgium this summer! :D
8th-Apr-2010 04:51 am (UTC)
By a strange coincidence, I had never heard the term "English immersion" before today. I'm listening to Mitt Romney's book "No Apologies" on audiobook (keeping an open mind) and he talked about it in his chapter on education, claiming that his support of this is part of what made Massachusetts number one in education performance. I was skeptical, but interested in learning more about the concept.

Since Canada is officially a bilingual nation, French immersion is a big thing in many schools. It seems to be favourably reviewed by many parents and children.
8th-Apr-2010 08:39 am (UTC)
Based on the descriptions of the courses at wiki, I think I've experienced bilingual education, but both come of as pretty US-centric, which makes me a bit iffy as I'm not American.

I said I supported both things. As a person, who first language isn't English, it's pretty useful to be able to understand instructions in English as, well it's the language used internationaly.
8th-Apr-2010 10:37 am (UTC)
I have little to no problem with an English-Only position. I have every problem with the movement.

I almost like it, except for the fact that the OED isn't the Académie Française and "official English" is almost an oxymoron. However, as a movement, it's pretty much unabashed racism.
8th-Apr-2010 11:32 am (UTC)
I can't really say that I support the English Only movement, but what I do have a problem with is the way people are going on about Spanish.

I do not think its fair that all of America, particularly the south, are being told if you want a good shot at a job you need to learn Spanish because everyone wants bilinguals now. I don't like how everyone is learning Spanish so that Mexican immigrants can be comfortable instead of them learning English since they came to the English speaking country. I have nothing against Mexicans but I work with many that have been here for 20 years and still don't speak hardly any English at all. Why's that? Because we've told them don't worry about it, come to America and we'll learn Spanish for you. I just don't think its fair and I don't think its going to solve the problem. Also, where I live, there are a lot of Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Vietnamese immigrants. But it is only discrimination if there is not a SPANISH speaking employee or information in SPANISH. If its not available in other languages thats not an issue. How is that fair?

Sorry I'm going on a rant now! I'm welcoming to whoever wants to come to the US but I just think it should be their responsibility to learn the nation's language rather than everyone having to accommodate to them and then they never learn English themselves...
10th-Apr-2010 03:56 pm (UTC)


I agree. If you move to a country and don't speak the main language then you need to learn it. I am from the US and I am engaged to a French Canadian and plan on moving to Quebec. I am in the process of learning French. Even though half of instructions, etc. in Quebec are also in English, a lot of people there do not speak English. The main language in a lot of places in Quebec is French. I do not expect people in Quebec to cater to me, that is a bit ridiculous. If you are moving to somewhere where you do not speak the main language then it is your responsibility to learn it and not the other way around.
8th-Apr-2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
This is the option I need for this poll: "Huh?"
8th-Apr-2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Er, I was in Kindergarten (which I understand was French immersion)and switched to English in grade 1 (but we go through a lot of secondary language learning in Quebec).
Woo! Quebec. Too bad I didn't give a crap before it was too late. :(
8th-Apr-2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
I wasn't really sure what you meant by "supporting" bilingual or immersion programs. I think they are a good idea and I like that those options exist, but it's not like I think everyone should be forced to participate.
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