ELA Its Supporters and Opposers

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Proponents of ELA Their Arguments
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Their Arguments 2200 English unites us all as citizens 2200 Allowed us to come together and  prosper 2200 Allows us to discuss our differences,  to argue our problems, to compromise on  solutions
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Arguments, Contd. 2200 Develop a stable, cohesive society 2200 America is a nation of immigrants.   Our greatness has stemmed from our  ability to assimilate vast numbers of  people from many different cultures.
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Arguments, Contd. We are enhancing these dissimilarities  between immigrants and the mainstream  of American life, thereby inhibiting the  vital acculturation that must occur. Not speaking English means they cannot  be well-versed in politics: for voting  purpose
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Opponents of ELA
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Their Arguments 2200 U.S. has always been multilingual 2200 Never any disharmony due to  language 2200 U.S. is not a melting pot 2200
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Unformatted text preview: Monolingualism does not insure political unity or stability Arguments, Contd. 2200 • Immigrants helped in building America 2200 • Bilingual Education is not the source of evil, does not prevent students from mastering English language 2200 • ELA supporters are misinformed, demonstrate a lack of understanding when they draw analogies with multilingual countries, favorite being: Canada Arguments, Contd. • Canada is a bilingual country, U.S. is not •--Complaints of the francophones arose from linguistic repression of French Canadians, rather than from the use of French •--In Quebec, we are not talking about minority language rights, but majority rights •--talks of secession abated when linguistic, social, economic, and political rights were guaranteed to the French...
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