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I wish I were an American When I was a high school student I blamed my fate for having been born in America but then taken back to Pakistan for five years which caused me to forget to speak English and when I came back five years later I had to learn everything all over again If I were an American I wouldnt need to study English as a second language Pakistani students usually begin studying English at school in the seventh grade Then at least until graduation from high school they study English Since I have come back to United States I have struggled with this second language for 30 years now I heard in a debate about bilingual education that four years is enough to learn English They must be kidding or they dont know how hard it is to learn a foreign language Although Ive been in the United States for most of my life but Im still learning words phrases and idioms every day When I heard of bilingual education I thought it was the best way to learn foreign languages It is better to learn foreign languages when you are young When I watched elementary school children speak Spanish and English on TV news I wished I had never was taken back to Pakistan to the point to forget English and then struggle with for rest of my life However I also heard of negative effects of bilingual education students high dropout rate low scores on the SAT and communication difficulties between parents and children Is bilingual education effective or is it just a waste of time and money When I see the bilingual education programs at elementary schools it seems that they prevent children from learning their native language properly To learn foreign languages the native language plays an important role If children dont have enough knowledge of their native languages they may mix them up For example Spanglish
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