Teaching Foreign Languages To Our Children

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D. Shick
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WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio's AT TEN program aired an interview this week on teaching foreign
languages to students:
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Only 6% of American children are bilingual, yet 66% of the world's children know more than one
language. Dr. Sandra Pucci, a professor at the UW-Milwaukee School of Education discusses the
importance of maintaining so-called 'heritage' languages.

Listen to the interview by clicking here: http://www.wuwm.com/atten/audio.asp?f=AT062702.rm

More info on WUWM's AT TEN: http://www.wuwm.com/atten
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Ron In Houston
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So? Why is it so important to be bi or trilingual?

Did you know we still make terrible grammar errors whenever we speak our first language? Many
college graduates in the US cant even write a letter...

If you are going to stay in the US for the rest of your life why is it necessary to learn a new
language? The same with people that are not planning to immigrate here, they dont need to learn
English...

Those students need to improve their vocabulary and writing skills instead!

Thank You

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[q1]> WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio's AT TEN program aired an interview this week on teaching foreign[/q1]
[q1]> languages to students:[/q1]
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[q1]> Only 6% of American children are bilingual, yet 66% of the world's children know more than one[/q1]
[q1]> language. Dr. Sandra Pucci, a professor at the UW-Milwaukee School of Education discusses the[/q1]
[q1]> importance of maintaining so-called 'heritage' languages.[/q1]
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[q1]> Listen to the interview by clicking here: http://www.wuwm.com/atten/audio.asp?f=AT062702.rm[/q1]
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[q1]> More info on WUWM's AT TEN: http://www.wuwm.com/atten[/q1]
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"Ron in Houston TX" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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[q1]: So? Why is it so important to be bi or trilingual?[/q1]
[q1]:[/q1]
[q1]: Did you know we still make terrible grammar errors whenever we speak our first language? Many[/q1]
[q1]: college graduates in the US cant even write a letter...[/q1]
[q1]:[/q1]
[q1]: If you are going to stay in the US for the rest of your life why is it necessary to learn a new[/q1]
[q1]: language? The same with people that are not planning to immigrate here, they dont need to learn[/q1]
[q1]: English...[/q1]
[q1]:[/q1]
[q1]: Those students need to improve their vocabulary and writing skills instead! [/q1]
[q1]:[/q1]
[q1]: Thank You[/q1]

*is puzzled*

I'm trilingual and I find that there are many advantages to knowing more than one language. Knowing
other languages open doors, in terms of understanding other cultures and bridging communication
gaps. IMHO, learning other languages enable us to examine our first language even more critically,
thereby helping us improve our vocabulary and writing skills.

Though English is not my "mother tongue", it's my dream to teach English in high school...and maybe
also ESL overseas. It's a bit narrow-minded to not care about other people's languages...

Just my humble opinions.
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[q1]:: fortitudine vincimus ::[/q1]
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