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A Second Language Is For Everyone

One of the things that isolated kids, kids in rough neighborhoods and dyslexic kids don't get. and others do, is a chance to shine in foreign language education. A new, excellent and affordable resource called "Talking to the Whole Wide World" enables non-specialist teachers with no prior preparation to make all English-speaking kids bilingual by the end of elementary school.

There is no excuse for any American, Australian or British child to be offered less than this.

Questions? I'd love to chat.

Penny

penivos penivos 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 30, 2009

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I'd much rather require that schools in English-speaking schools actually insist their students can speak and write English. Part of my childhood was spent in Austria, so I had to learn German. You know why? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY SPEAK THERE. Waving our "diversity flag" about being American wouldn't have worked. So, *YES*, I have too worn the shoe on the other foot on this issue. We also need to keep an eye out in the US in particular, for Hispanic children that elect Spanish as their additional language simply because they actually already speak it, affording them an easy 'A' and short-circuiting any genuine education. It also does them the DISSERVICE of leading them to believe they're going to enter a bi-lingual society. THEY ARE NOT: every lease, license, contract, proposal, diagnosis, patent, report, etc, they're ever going to read in the US is going to be in English.. All they're doing is culturally sequestering themselves and limiting they're own advancement.... a point that many spanish-speaking parents need to be admonished about, too. In this regard, Teddy Roosevelt's speach about our country's arms being open to all to come to America, PROVIDED THEY'RE COMING HERE TO BECOME AMERICAN, is both timeless and priceless.

I thinks its doesn't matter if you life in big country. I life in small coutry thus it is a must, but I would much prefered if I have been born in a bigger country.