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- Publication Date: October 30, 2012
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- Language: English
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Many countries have accidentally benefited when the British occupied their countries; Kenya and India to name two. Here, in the US, our secondary language is fast becoming Spanish. I myself wish I had followed my high school spanish with more than one year of college. I can clearly see (supported by Professor Bakers own conclusions) the distinct advantage today's US immigrant children and teens will have in all phases of business as they grow up with muticulteral backgrounds that includes the language of their heritages and their new English speaking homeland,
It is clear to see that countries that do not embrace Professor Baker's hypothesis will lack the edge needed to compete most effectively in this world ecomomy of ours.
I invite all academics and students to explore this timely release!
In Chile, the author homeland, a program titled “English Opens Doors” was enacted, with the aim to make all 15 million of Chile’s people fluent in English within a generation, which is believed to bring economic benefits. “If you can’t speak English, you can’t sell,” said the minister of education. This ambitious goal is yet to be achieved, and the book offers metrics to measure the progress over time, such as proficiency test performed in schools and in the labor market.
The book delves into explaining the reasons for the slow rate of progress. There is an in depth discussion that can be boiled down to its essentials: “Three factor come to mind: Teachers. Teachers. Teachers.” Also, the author wants us to learn a lesson from programs in other countries, such as Rakuten (a Japanese company that requires its employees to speak English) The Russian Ministry of Education & the Republic of Tatarstan, French immersion in Canada, and other examples from other countries.
The book also describes several models of full immersion models in Chile, as is an excellent educational source and goal setter: “You, the educators, must be the standard-bearers of the language. You must stimulate and challenge your students to be excellent communicators in English.”
Anyone interested in the sociology behind language and shared meaning should read this book!
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