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native tongue vs English should native speaking students take classes in their native tongue other than english or should they be interest in the english language    

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wannam eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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I would say that both are important.  I agree that it is often difficult to learn the content of the material when it is in a foreign language.  However, immersion is often the most effective way to learn a new language and a new culture.  Often when a student moves to a new country, the schools do not have the resources to teach all the classes in their native language.  I know that non-English speaking students in the US are put into the same classes with everyone else.  However, they also take a special course which helps them learn English, understand their course work, and make other transitions.  The teacher in the special class usually speaks their native language.

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I think it is important to still take classes in one's native language, while taking classes to learn English. Otherwise, there is a tendency to not learn the content or the language well. Being bilingual is a skill worth having. Just learning English is not the only goal.

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In America, I believe the English language should be most important to either native or second-language students. However, I see no reason why a student whose native language is not English should not also take his first language as well. For example, many younger native Spanish-speaking students (middle schoolers, for example) may not have a complete command and understanding of their language; while English should be the first priority, taking a Spanish class would also be beneficial to them.

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Is this in America or in some other country?  In the US, I think that immersion is better.  I think that it is a better way to ensure that all students will actually learn English, which they really need in order to get ahead in American society.  If we're talking about a country where English is not the majority language, then only those students who want to should take English classes.

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