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Children have an enormous gift to assimilate new words and languages a gift that seems to disappear shortly before we enter our teens This quote comes from an article in The State Newspaper in which the author agrees with Rolando Acosta author of Seeking Unity in Diversity who believes that schools should use English only to instruct students In America it is absolutely necessary to be fluent in English to not only compete in the workforce but to obtain the education needed to be successful throughout life therefore I believe it is important that we use English only to educate students A practical approach to this problem is to create an atmosphere where children are mainstreamed into courses where English is the only language spoken I remember being a freshman in high school and having a Russian friend named Olga Olgas family moved to America one year prior to us meeting one another and she spoke English fluently She claims that being placed directly into the regular English classes from the beginning was a wise decision because she was forced to learn from her peers on a daily basis Although I have never been in a situation similar to this I believe the English as a second language ESL students naturally feel more comfortable speaking their native language so it takes them longer to grasp English because they are not totally immersed in it Another major problem with teaching in other languages is students are not forced to learn English and these students continue to rely on those who do understand the language they speak When immigrants cannot contribute to society because they do not know how to communicate it affects America as a whole If these citizens cannot find a job who pays for their well-being Encouraging our future business leaders regardless of their ethnicity to learn the basic English language structure will provide a more successful life for both the individual and Americas
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