Terms to Know:
Communicative Competence: A person's ability to select a situationally appropriate code (language) (Speicher, 2002). Code Switching: Changing from one language or dialect to another either within or between conversations (Speicher, 2002) Monolingual: Using or knowing only one language (Dictionary.com) Bilingual: Using or able to use two languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency (Dictionary.com) Multilingual: Using or having the ability to use several languages (Dictionary.com) Monolingual English Privledge (Johnson, 2000): "The right not to be subjectied to varieties othe than [one's] own (Speicher, 2002)."
Looking at the Problem:
i.Immigrants and multilingual speakers whose first language is not English, sometimes have heavy accents or trouble speaking English. 1.How do you feel this affects their place in the workforce? b.Code Switching
i.This is something that is done naturally in conversation. ii.Many times, non-native speakers will switch to their native language when speaking with someone else of the same background. 1.Is this appropriate in the workplace? If so, when?
a.Businesses are trying to impose English-only...