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In the essay " If Only We All Spoke Two Languages" by Ariel Dorfman. what are Dorfman's 3 main points ?

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Ariel Dorfman's editorial from The New York Times makes an argument for the bilingual method of teaching youngsters English as opposed to the immersion method. With the implication that language is culture, Dorfman points to the traumatic experience that the immersion method produces as children are "imprisoned" in the new language and are "forced to cut ties to the syllables of their past culture." On the other hand, she argues, the bilingual method allows children to use what is in their past and make connections with the present learning experience.

Dorfman defends her position by recalling her own personal experiences of immersion which caused her to become divided in her loyalties and attitudes....

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