English Language Skills for Immigrants
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This paper discusses the frustration immigrants have when trying to live or conduct business without proficient English skills but also notes those immigrants who surround themselves with members of their own culture and find safety in the liberalized U.S. community that allows businesses to open without any English whatsoever. The paper then argues that language is culture and should not be denied, but having English as the official language of the United States has nothing to do with encouraging acquisition of a second or third language either at home or at school. Finally, the paper presents the argument that an English writer must construct a cogent argument, well researched, well written, organized and logical, so that the reader can follow the train of thought.
From the Paper:"Moving to a new country can never be easy - new language, new culture, new traditions, new everything. Many Americans who have traveled abroad tend to have two divergent experiences: 1) travelling as a tourist and expecting everyone in that culture to cater to English, or 2) travelling as a student, scholar, or interested party and either learning the language and something about the culture ahead of time, or making a real effort to immerse. This is not always the case with new immigrants to America. The story "Mute in an English-Only World" examines the frustration immigrants have when trying to conduct business or just live until their English skills are proficient. One cannot help but empathize with these individuals, on an individual basis. However, there is a different within the immigrant community as well. Some surround themselves with members of their own culture and heritage only and find safety in the liberalized U.S. community that allows businesses to open without any English used whatsoever. Others are adamant about learning English as quickly as possible, insisting their children do so as well, and attempt to acculturate as much as possible. Still, one cannot but wonder how patient the clerks in the post office, butcher shop, even subways would be with an American trying to navigate a strange city? Likely, most would be rather impatient and some would be kind and helpful just as it is in America."
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