Si151 Summary Essay - Joe Lipsey III 4/19/2011 Ling 151...

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Joe Lipsey III 4/19/2011 Ling 151 Professor Berwanger The Case for ASL as a Truly Foreign Language ; Summary Essay In answering the first question: how hard is it to learn ASL, Rhonda Jacob’s first takes us through the break down of how most spoken languages are measured in terms of level of difficulty. She gives us a common layout comprised of categories organizing each language based on the amount of time it would take an English speaking person to gain a level of proficiency. The first category includes Spanish and French while the 4 th or rather harder category includes Chinese and Japanese. This amount of time is illustrated in hours of class time or instruction. For example, the first category that includes Spanish is listed as languages, which require at least 480 hours to reach a proficiency level of 2, on a scale from 0-5. Where as reaching the same level of proficiency within the 4th category languages takes at least 1,320 hours.
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