Harrisburg Are Community College
TOPIC: Should English be the official language of America? SPECIFIC PURPOSE: To inform my audience about the benefits of declaring English as the official language of the United States of America. THESIS STATEMENT: The English Language Unity Act should be approved as it aims to declare English as the official language of the country. INTRODUCTION:
I. Buenas tardes compañeros de clase y profesores! Buoni compagni de classe pomeridiani e insegnante! Magandang hapon po sainyong lahat! I just said “Good afternoon classmates and teacher!” in three different languages; Spanish, Italian, and Filipino. II. Imagine doing this each day of your life, bearing in mind other people who talk in different languages. Luckily it is not our problem to face every day, but it is one of the many things the government and other related sectors do. They have to publish everything in other languages in consideration to other nationalities present in the country. III. As a new immigrant myself and being someone who does not have that much knowledge of the country’s government system, I was curious to know about one surprising fact about the United States.
IV. Now before I introduce my topic, let me ask you a quick question. What is the official language of the United States? For some of you who do not know, there is currently, no official language for the United States of America. As one of the major centers of commerce and trade, and a major English-speaking country, many assume that English is the country’s official language. V. That is why today, my topic will be about the English Language Unity act since 2005. It is a proposed law that aims to declare English as the official language of the country. We will discuss what it proposes, what are the benefits we can get from it, and the concerns of the people who oppose this law. BODY
I. Before we start anything else, let me clarify what exactly this act is. The English Language Unity Act is a bill proposed by US Representative Steve King. It intends to pronounce English as the official language of the United States, in order to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States. It is also called “Official English” act because the term “official” refers to any function that binds the government and anything that is required by the law, which means that the bill is intended strictly only for the government. II. Declaring English the official language is essential and beneficial for the U.S. government and its citizens. Official English unites Americans, who speak more than 322 languages (2000, U.S. Census), by providing a common means of communication; it encourages immigrants to learn English in order to use government services and participate in the democratic process.
III. Now, some of you may ask, why is it necessary for the United States to have an official language? A. The first reason why it is important is because the identity and history of the United States are intrinsically linked to the English Language. From its very founding, English was the common language of the US, and full participation in the national life was dependent on the ability to speak it. Declaring English as the official language will give legal for to this history, and help provide unity to Americans at a time when many come from different backgrounds. B. US English, the organization that supports Official English, believe that people of the United States can grow strong instead of breaking up into dozens or hundreds of different groups, each with its own language and culture. According to the author Paul Lang in “The English Language Debate” of 1995, it is a common idea that people speaking in different languages will not be able to live together in harmony. There is even an event in the Bible in...