The paper "English Spoken Here" is a wonderful example of an article review on English. English Spoken Here does an excellent job arguing for the necessity of cultural plurality and sheltering techniques for English-language learners throughout primary and secondary education. Through my own personal experience in education, I can see the efficiency of such a method as it allows the instructor greater flexibility in lesson planning, with less stress on differentiated instruction that would ultimately be required in an intensely integrated classroom. This method allows the English-language learner to develop their intellectual capabilities without being handicapped by their initial English deficiencies.
The research within the article states that ESOL classrooms bring the students to the point where they become fully proficient in the second-language, but I believe it should more thoroughly address this actual point of integration, when students are finally considered “ culturally fluent” . By clearly identifying this point, the goals of the English-learner and educator become more focused. I believe the article does a good job of attempting to raise the academic significance of the speaker’ s home language. Too often secondary Language Arts classrooms are seen as incubators for writing and grammar skills, when they also must be considered for their importance in developing the students’ perspectives on culture and intellectual thought.
In this regard, the foreign born student is actually a valued commodity. From a pragmatic perspective, they enhance classroom discussions by offering multi-cultural views, and their bilingualism can be positioned as an actual superiority in language proficiency. English-language learners are not second-rate students, as public education too often positions them, but brave pioneers of hybridity and cultural diversity in the 21st century.
Unfortunately, not all towns are as supportive as the town in upstate New York that adopted the Lithuanian boys. For the benefit society, English-language teachers need to be able to empower their students in addition to easing them into English.