Language and Policy

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Steven Newell
Anthropology 103
April 12, 2011
Professor Hardy
Language & Policy Paper
Many people get the impression that all Mexicans living in the U.S. are dirty, lawbreakers, and that they all worsen the economy. This belief is very prevalent especially in the state of Arizona where many illegal and legal Mexicans make their living. It is the belief by many that English is the primary language in the U.S. and that any other language spoken, and the people that speak it, should be looked down upon and treated different. That is the basis of language subordination. Language ideology is the nature or living habits of a certain culture that is maintained over several years. So basically it is the culture someone if forced to live in based on the language they speak. Certain ideologies about language is what makes young Mexicans who they are, and the kind of people they will grow into in the future. Many young Hispanics don’t get a fair opportunity that they deserve based on the culture and way they are “supposed” to live in.
One controversial topic in Arizona was proposition 203 that was passed in November of 2000. The main purpose behind the proposition is to eliminate bilingual education programs from grades K-12 and to implement an immersion class to help students learn the English language quicker to help them be more successful in society. This is a much greater problem in the state of Arizona because there are so many more minorities, especially Mexicans and Latinos. The proposition plays a huge part in communication and language in Arizona. There are so many young Mexicans who know very little to no English before being put into school. This proposition shows statistics of how unsuccessful bilingual education programs such as ESL and LEP have been and proposed a way to make learning for those students more efficient. The hope is that…...

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