Should English Be Made the Official Language of the U.S?

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November 4th,2011
Should English be made the Official language of the U.S?
People in the last two decades have been divided on the issue of whether the official language of the United States should be English. Although making English an official language would alleviate some problems , its disadvantages clearly outweigh its advantages. The linguistic diversity, tradition and culture immigrants bring to this country enrich the United States. This is why English should not be the official language of the United States.

English should not be the official language of the United States because the US a multilingual society that embraces other cultures and languages. By making English the official language we offend the idea of American diversity. The United States has been enriched by immigrants for many years. As a sign of respect to all the immigrants in our country, English should not be the only official language.

The opposition claims that English is the most common language in America. Sharing a common language in America brings unity to America. It unites Americans who speak more than 322 languages by providing a sense of communication. According to “USE” English, 85 percent of the world’s countries have at

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least one official language. Therefore, the U.S is at odds by not having an official language. Despite what the opposition says, establishing an official language would result in a loss of cultural identity in people whose first language is not English. According to the Linguistic Society of American Resolution “American unity has never rested primarily on the unity of language but rather on common political science” Although many countries have an official language, why should America follow? Being without an official language makes us different from other countries.

By making English the official language, immigrants will have a better chance of getting a job than others who can’t speak English. According to “USE”, millions of people cannot find good paying jobs because they lack the ability to speak English with customers. Despite what the opposition says, knowing another language actually opens up job opportunities. In large metropolitan areas such as New York, knowing another language is crucial. For example, “linguistic society” states that the U.S government only hires Americans who know another language. They have to handle routine investigations agents and communication with Unites States nationals who speak another language.

Some say English should be the official language because bilingual classes are very costly. They need to hire teachers, create tests in another language and buying different textbooks. Having bilingual education prevents immigrants from learning English. Although not having bilingual classes would cost less, English should not be the

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official language because knowing another language makes it easier to communicate with many different people around the world. By having only English in schools gives non native speakers a disadvantage over native speakers. In the 1974 case of Lau v. Nicols, the Supreme Court ruled that “there is no equality of treatment merely by providing students with the same facilitates, textbooks, teachers and curriculum: for students who do not understand English are effetely foreclosed from any meaningful education”(U.S Supreme Court,414 U.S). The student’s ability to read at write in their first language will make the transition to English classes much simpler. It makes it easier to transfer from one language to another.

Having English as the official language does not deter diversity from occurring. There will still be other cultures and everybody will still have the freedom to speak the language they are most comfortable with at home. However , what exactly is English? There is American English, Ebonics and British English. English has many different...
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