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Alyami 1 Hussain Alyami Dr. Karr English 0711 12 December 2016 Assignment #1, Final Revision “Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood”: Evaluation Should we lose our native language to gain a new one? Bilingual education is an education system in which non-English speaking students are taught in both English and their native language. Richard Rodriguez, a son of Mexican immigrants, in a narrative and argumentative style, presents his experience in his article "Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood" to argue against bilingual education. Rodriguez claims that non-English speaking children should not use their first language in schools because it makes it less important and delays learning English. In addition, he insists that they should lose their first language to acquire a second one and as a result obtaining public identity. When evaluating Rodriguez’s article, even though he applies effective pathos, figurative language, and relevant evidence, he commits logical fallacies, presents biased tone, and uses only personal testimony evidence. Through applying pathos, Rodriguez creates an emotional connection with his audience. Since he functions a touching and descriptive language in his article, Rodriguez conveys his feelings to the readers. For example, in paragraph 2, he describes how surprised he was by the new classroom and being the “problem student” (266). As illustrated in the example, from the beginning of Rodriquez’s article, the audience can experience the feelings of isolation and being odd in a new community. In addition, it seems that Rodriguez puts some emphasis on the sounds.

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