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Justin Honra Editorial on English Policies 10/3/13 English Should be the United States Official Language The United

States government needs to declare English as our countrys official language! Why? Isnt it already? That is racist! are some reactions some of you might say. America is a nation built of and from millions of immigrants; that is true. Who is to say that English is superior to the rest of the many various languages in this country? It is not, but it is arguably the most spoken among Americans and the third most spoken language on the planet. Globalization calls for a mode of communication understood by everyone. Can you guess what mode of communication the world is choosing? It is English. English is the language of business and science, two things that many countries focus on in regards to getting on top. The world is becoming a smaller place as you might say. It is being unified with the support of technological advances that make it so easy to connect with others around the globe via video messaging, emails, social networking sites, etc. Yet, while the world is being unified through English, our country is being divided. There have been heated discussions by students in classrooms and politicians in government regarding accommodations for non-English speaking people. Printing documents in multiple languages, using translators, bilingual education, and many more costs taxpayers a lot of money. All this talk of what is right and wrong causes even more divide.

Language barriers block Americans from unity. Immigrants from all over the world come to the United States bringing their own unique cultures into our country. Many immigrants move to communities where the majority speaks their native language, which in some cases impedes the need to go out and interact with the rest of society. The United States is not about the isolation of many immigrant cultures, but the interaction of these many culture hubs. English should be the common device used by all these communities in order to interact and communicate efficiently with one another. English is not a weapon of racism. Immigrants do not have to drop their personal languages to adopt English. The English language is just the tool to tear down the walls that isolate many communities. When there is no language barrier between various immigrants from different countries, the sharing of culture is a lot easier. Efficient communication enables one to interact with everyone else and share their unique culture in order to add to the bigger United States culture. How many times have you gone to an ethnic restaurant and had difficulty ordering because the waiter or waitress could not speak English? English for everyone would help entice Americans to travel to each others communities furthering the sharing of cultures that our country is all about. Why are we still divided while the globe unifies using our own unofficial language? Will the little boys and girls of China, Philippines, Germany, and many more speak English more proficiently than the little boys and girls of our own country? Let us learn from the world and unify our own country using our language.

Hi Justin, Great job with this essay! This was really interesting to read, and I think that you made a strong argument throughout your paper. My biggest suggestion for your revisions is to make sure you are addressing how making English the official language would improve the issues you talked about. For instance, would there be someone to regulate whether or not people were speaking English? I felt convinced by your argument that it would aid communication if everyone spoke the same language, but I was not totally convinced that making English the official language would help with that. I think that if write a little bit more about thatparticularly about how English as the official language would help people to develop more communicative English proficiencyit would strengthen your paper quite a bite. Please let me know if you have any questions!
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