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Why Don't They Learn English?: Separating Fact from Fallacy in the U.S. Language Debate

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This compelling book examines the often cited but poorly supported claims that immigrants fail to learn English, and the mistaken belief that immigrant communities cling to their heritage languages. The author reveals that, on the contrary, English is being learned at a rapid pace while heritage languages are disappearing quickly from family use. She shows us how current a ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Teachers College Press
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Natalie
Feb 19, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it
Ok, I admit it, this was a textbook of mine. But it is still so relevant in the public education debate, the discussion of misconceptions about and discriminations of ethnic minorities and immigrants. It also brings to light that all the premises of the "English Only" movement are either false or have ulterior motives. (Read the book! It's all studies & facts).

I learned a lot by reading this- bilingual education is controversial, but is a research-based and performance-proven method that is
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Janie
This should have been titled "The Real Problem of the US Immigrant Language Debate: Heritage Language Loss".

Tse only topically skims over the problems of learning English, and she bascially summarizes that immigrants are learning English fine. Her measurements aren't very concrete or convincing, but I have been involved with this issue for a long time; it might be more interesting to someone new to the debate.

I was looking for
1) something to sink my teeth into for a much deeper, broader unders
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Ghola
Aug 29, 2008 Ghola rated it really liked it
This is a great short read that deals with myths associated with immigrants and Limited English Proficiency. Tse does an excellent job of sticking to the real problems facing immigrants learning English, and why the "English Only" movement is somewhat misguided.
Claire
Sep 12, 2010 Claire rated it liked it
Interesting arguments, but I wouldn't give this to a die-hard anti-immigration type. It's not THAT convincing. For example, using self-reported measures of English-speaking confidence does not tell me that these children are actually speaking that well. Blah blah blah, you get the point.
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