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Inquiry Teacher

Inquiry Teacher

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Ladd1Caroline LaddProfessor Jan RiemanEnglish 1102-026April 15, 2011
I am glad that I am finished with this paper. I am not sure that it is organized as well as I would like it to be, but I am extremely happy with the way my research turned out. I  found out many interesting facts that I did not know before writing this paper, and although it was the hardest paper that I have had to write in English 1102, in the end I was glad I had this experience.
 A Bilingual United States
hould we consider the United
tates a bilingual country? When I began askingthis question I found many different answers coming from very different people. Iquickly learned that peoples opinions greatly differed within regions of the United
tates, such as the west coast and east coast, and opinions were heavily dependent upon age. Whether we agree with it or not, the United
tates is drastically changing,and it is important that we realize it.Joel Hochmuth, a CNN reporter and journalists, interviewed Renan Coello for hisarticle
ill Spanish become Americas Second Language? 
oello, a radio host, know asthe undisputed king of Los Angeles Radio (Hochmuth) asserts that, the rest of America should g
et use to the sound of 
panish and calls it the second language of theUnited
tates. They should say it now. They should talk about it and write about it(Hochmuth). This statement from Coello gives insight to the view that your average
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Ladd2American would have about the topic, rather than the academic references you are useto seeing.When I look at Hochmuths point of view I tend to relate his view to that of many west coast people. Through my research I realized that many people who do liveon the western side of the country are more open-minded to the thought of ourcountry transitioning to a bilingual country; contrary to the thought of most east coast and southern people who believe that there is no need to c
hange. I also observed that opinions were aged-based. The younger generation is well aware that the country istransitioning and believes that we should begin to learn
panish or E
nglish. While theolder generation, like the baby-boomers, believe we should not.I decided to interview my high school history teacher Mrs. Margret 
hoe. I choseher for this task because she is very educated in the history of our country and I valueand respect her opinion on the topic. When I asked Mrs.
hoe if she thought ourcountry was transitioning to a bilingual country she responded I dont think ourcountry is transitioning, I believe we are already there. My every day life has beenimmersed with
panish. If I knew
panish I believe that it would be a huge benefit tomy life. (
hoe). I then proceeded to ask her some examples of how
panish affectedher life.
he responded with Very simple things, for instance when I go out to eat andthe waiter speaks
panish and it is very hard for me to communicate with her. (
hoe).I have also experienced this myself when I go out to eat or just in everyday life. Mrs.
hoe is an older woman in her mid-50s and I proposed the question to her of what shethought about trying to learn
panish at her age and her answer somewhat surprisedme. Mrs.
hoe replied until we come together as country and work in unison to break
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Used to
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Well, that depends on what viewpoint this radio host represents. I dont thinkits accurate to say his opinion represents averageAmericans.
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And perhaps you can state whythismay be the case.
Ladd3down this language barrier, I dont really see any point in learning
panish. (
hoe).After hearing her answer, I understood where she was coming from, although in myown opinion I disagreed with her. Why would people want to change if not everyoneelse was changing with them?If we did transition to a bilingual country we have to think about how it wouldmake the people of o
ther dialects feel. Would they feel less important and therefore beless inclined to immigrate to the United
tates? We as a country have been referred toas a melting pot. The term melting pot means that we have many different races,
dialects, and etc. all living together in one country. We all melt together even thoughnone of us originated here. My research brought me to this thought, and I dont knowthe answer, but I do feel that the only way we could figure it out is if we began totransition to a bilingual c
ountry.How we would go about making this shift is unknown to me, but I think startingout with our future generations is a great idea. In many other countries it is required of them to learn English as a second language to their native language. If we started
panish in our youth, then it wouldnt be seen as such a detriment or challenge, but rather something that is natural and part of your education. I also think that if werequire our English-speaking people to learn
panish, then it should be required forthe
panish-speaking people to learn English. The ways our countrys communicationwould be improved if we did this is never-e
ome people completely disagree with the fact that our country is transitioningto a bilingual country. They think that the whole idea of it is a myth. But contrary tothose who believe it is a myth Coello reports his findings and explains, a 1990 census
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Hmmm I would think that breaking down the language carrierwould beachieved by non
panish-speaking peoplelearning the language.
Comment [J8]:
Do you mean languages insteadof dialects? A dialect is a version of a language., aparticular accent or way of saying something
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Again, do you mean languages
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Do you think it would deterimmingrants? They are already coming to acountry where they may not speak the language,Would not speaking two languages be anydifferent?
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o you think that having twolanguages in common instead of one would fostergreater communication.

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