Skip to comments.They can't Speak it but they can Teach it
Posted on 08/31/2011 10:11:07 AM PDT by pfflier
A Yuma-area official is pleased that state education officials will no longer force schools to retrain or reassign English immersion teachers because they speak with an accent.
In an agreement with two federal agencies, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) will stop trying to single out teachers who they believe do not have a good command of the English language.
For example, the federal agencies said, state officials documented instances where one teacher pronounced the word the'' as da.'' In a separate incident, a teacher pronounced another'' as anuder'' and where lives here'' came out as leeves here.''
(Excerpt) Read more at yumasun.com ...
In the TV story last night, they also said that the teachers used bad grammar.
“How do I reech these keeeeds?”—Eric Carman
If you really want to assess how “bi-lingual” an individual is, have them write three paragraphs in both languages. Most will prove to be mono-lingual, if that.
Yep. I’m bilingual, and the number of incompetent teachers out there blocking me and who have no knowledge of my other language is unbelievable. It’s a PC mafya of Union members and foreigners brought in and what not, and most of them do not speak my language well, just a creole version of it that is just ridiculous.
BTW he was a great kid and really proved his value when we opened our maquiladora in Tijuana.
He leeves here and drives a peek up truck and has a german shepard names reen teen teen
Chances are you will find them to be illiterate in both languages.
So that state did not like New Yorkers?
This sounds, again, like a turf war between the Federal government Department of Education and The State’s Dept of Ed, complicated, as usual, by an out-of-control immigrant influx, the unions and politics. It won’t ultimately be about education, but about local sovereignty.
The problem with these stories is that the instigator directly responsible for an egregious decision is never identified.
In my opinion, this sort of decision should be subject to instant dismissal.
Still, I would like to know what justification, if any, was provided to justify this directive.
For too long, public positions have been used as another form of welfare. The education of children should not be among those forms of "public welfare-employment."
Names. We need names!
No, dees guys are from Atzlan
What about that Southern language. Sometime they are VERY hard to understand. So I can understand Arizona wanting to have good English speakers.
That is probably true in a totally educational context, but;
Functional multilingualism depends on constant or frequent use. At one time I was fluent in Spanish and French, when I visited Spain and France once or twice a year, and family members shared the foreign language experience.
After years of non use, the ancillary languages tend to fade, so the "paragraphs test" would tend to fail. However, a week or a few weeks in the foreign environment, and 90% of the original facility is quickly respored. It's not a simple memory-practical use excercise.
“Uh” should have received full credit. It is used very frequently by those who can’t quite think of the appropriate word, by everyone from our President right on down to ordinary citizens.
Put a Maine lobsterman and an Alabama sharecropper in a room together and you'll think they're speaking two different languages!
An **ACCENT** does is NOT the same as not having “ a good command of the English language!
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