Whether its TOFAL, ACTFL, ESOL, or ESL; second language instruction isn’t something you can acquire overnight. People have the capacity to learn a second language. In the North American school system the genesis of learning a second language comes too late. Hucksters tell you that a second or third language can be learned by playing a tape under your pillow while you sleep. This has been proven a fake in the second language field. Learning another language takes commitment and, yes, money.
In the United States of America second language, training is often begun far too late. At ages 10 though 15, many a young person’s brain is not as receptive. A recognized linguistic specialist, Swender has some solutions for these age groups. Swender and other specialists also tell us that second language instruction seems to be viewed as unimportant in the school system. Why does America have a love-hate relationship with learning second languages? Why do Americans fear instructions of almost any second language?
Xenophobia appears to be alive and well in America. This is such that legislators resort to writing bills, which attempt to enact laws ordering an English only policy. America has a real and unacknowledged fear of foreigners walking into their culture. There is a movement growing by leaps and bounds through America called the Minuteman Project. This movement can causes isolationism between the U.S. and Mexico. It’s possible that America will return to a former attitude of foreign linguistics being outlawed or taken out of all public school curriculums. Stranger things have happened. There has been a growing bout of Xenoglossophobia (The Fear of Foreign linguistics).
I see this fear as being the beginning of some solutions. The bilingual rate in Europe is about fifty-two percent as opposed to America’s bilingual rate of about nine percent. In Europe some solutions to learning foreign languages offers everyone the chance to learn and participate.
In Guanajuato, Mexico, there are European tourists who are fluent in numerous languages. They have been raised in a multiple language commitment. Europeans live in such close proximity to other countries. Linguistic inability deprives one of the opportunities to learn of another culture. Think about it, following a Xenoglossophobic policy; if Nebraska had one language and Kansas another, the residence would not be able to speak one another’s languages.
The close proximity would require the learning of one another’s languages. However, Americans have never been forced to learn another tongue. In other parts of the world like Europe, there was no grounds for ignorance and fear. Xenoglossophia doesn’t exist in Europe. Nonetheless, do not underestimate the power of instruction. Americans, until now has never had to learn another tongue, but they may have to, in order to conduct their daily affairs.
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The free-lance writer Sam Tonzenger is especially interested in news dealing with living. His publications on americans moving to spain can be encountered on his webpage as well as many different online publications.