5 quotations

For my essay3 I am mainly focusing on both things, positive side of English as an official language and positive side of bilingual education. For that I gone a chose supporting data from every articles. I am gone try to put some data  from the videos too. But for now I only chose these quotations

  • “if one defines fluency as the ability to speak, understand, read. And write well no second-generation group was fluent in its mother tongue by age 17”.
  • In an attempt to shed light on this relationship, psychologists Kenji Hakuta and Rafael Diaz examined Puerto Rican students in New Haven, Connecticut. They discovered that bilingualism at an early age influenced subsequent cognitive development.
  • These huge misconceptions are at the root of U.S. English’s arguments dismissing bilingual education, literacy learning, and immigrant involvement for a mythologized monolingual United States, which are bad ideas for all writers in a democratic society.
  • The truth is that immigrants to the United States learn English faster today than at any point in history. Historically, immigrants to the U.S. transitioned from home languages to English within three generations. Today, this time-frame has been compressed for some immigrant groups to a single generation.

English – only triumpht

In this essay writer firstly told about the condition of English language in US. And then he starts from to say about why it’s happening. He talked about treats to English. Here he talked about how peoples are treated for their language. He also talked about past immigrants who were English speakers and present non English speakers.

Then he talked about losing practices of using mother tongue. Here he talked about how kid and teens are losing practices of using mother tongue. He gives us some data to prove his points.

Then he talked about bilingual education. Here he wants to say that bilingual students are smarter than other kids. They perform better in their education. It’s not only do good in education it also gives them more confidence.

In all his topic one topic was bilingual education. Here he talked about benefits of bilingual education and debate about it.

But most I concern about it losing their mother tongue. Because if they forgot their language, they are forgetting their half root. Language is what that gives you identity about your nationality. But now a days is it’s getting a trend that only speaking in English gives you good personality. But people are forgetting that this is also a part of bilingual education which is starting from home.

Interest get by James Baldwin

I read the essay by Baldwin. It’s a very interesting essay. In his whole essay, all the example was logical. He used simple words but they were very effective. In his whole essay he harshly criticize about white language policy.

But In whole essay I liked the second paragraph. Which is,

People evolve a language in order to describe and thus control their circumstances or in order not to be submerged by a reality that they cannot articulate…….. They each have very different realities to articulate or control.”

In this paragraph he want to say about same language has different style.

This style may different because of speaking style (accent). Or because of choosing their word. But in this paragraph he lighten up on articulate.

Paragraph of is this essay take my interest because, in my native language I saw the same thing every language have grammatical rule, correct pronunciation, But all people can’t say it same way. In my country, in rural area their pronunciation is different and they have different accent too. We who are educated, live in Cities we think that they are wrong. Yes they might wrong but they still speak in Bengali.

My Opinion on the sound clip

In this sound clip, two persons are talking. One is male and another one is female. They are talking about their experience with language. They are talking about how they learn English? How much they are fluent in English? How they feel when they talk to their own language Spanish and foreign language English.

But the main topic of this voice clip was, is personality changes when language is changing??

Here they are giving their own experiences to support their own logic.

As example here the girl is giving her relationship experience to prove her logic and boy is saying he is more gay in English.

If you ask me about that, what is my opinion? I done a say my opinion is mixed because in which language you are fluent you can express your feeling more quickly and clearly. Which gives you more confident. On the other hand, language is something we use to communicate and personality is human natural behavior. Communication can’t change human behavior. Fluency in any new language gives us confident to learn more new things.

For personality communication is necessary but more necessary is good behavior, politeness, and out knowledge. This will make a mane more perfect.

My plan to for making my essay better

When my classmate Watsel write comments in I was so confused. Because when I wrote my essay I know that come thing is missing, bur where I have to improve I wasn’t sure. But when I read one of my another classmate Tom’s writing I realized that I can improve in my introduction part. When professor gives her comments on essay I saw that she is also saying the same thing. Then I realize that I am in right track.

I have already decided that how I will make my introduction more attractive. And how will I add some details in my first experience. But in one point I am still confused. How can I develop my second experience? I am still worried about it but hopefully I might get something before the due date.

If I say my plan in short, I will do

1) Give some detail in my introduction

2) Explain my first experience with little bit more details, which will make it more flourish and reader will feel connected to the story.

3) Try to fix my grammatical mistake.

4) I will read it few more times to understand what I can add more.

5) Finally and most importantly I will make my second experience more connected to the topic.

My strength and my knowledge

In this class we read different kind of articles or short story. From this story reading I can learned different styles of writing from them .Uses of words is also a very important point. I am trying to learn different synonyms of same words from that. I am also trying to learn technique of writing.

From my background knowledge of English I got help in my studies. In the USA all books are in English and in class teachers also speaks in English too. But in my country all books aren’t in English and teachers also translate those books in Bengali too. They read the whole thing for us and describe as what the book is about or what narrator wants to say. But in USA it was goes like this.

Here Book and all other reading materials are in English and we have to read by our self and understand it by our self too. And in here class lectures are also in English. So what I have in my background knowledge about English It helps to understand my class lecture.

It also helps me in working place too .It helps me to communicate with my customers and my co-workers.


Summary of “Two ways to belong in America”

In this story writer wants to say about two immigrants’ life story. Or we can say that, he wants to say about immigrant problem of the USA. Here he talks about how immigrants suffers in America. Immigrant gives a lot to this country like an American citizen but at end of the day they are only immigrants. They aren’t excepting immigrants in nice way. Because of that immigrants faces mental pressure every day.

My opinion on “Obituary”



Obituary is a short story which is narrated by a girl who is facing language problems in her school.

When I first read the story. First thing came to my mind is story line or development of story. If I explain this thing, it means how the story build up.

The story comes with a statement which makes reader queries about why this statement? Or why this guy is making this kind of rude statement? There comes also a question that whom he is saying all this?

When we understand that he is an English teacher, there starts a new question that why that girl is feeling ashamed on her family? There might be different reasons behind it. May be when her teacher make the statement that “you guys can’t get any job”, because of their language barriers. She might think that, why she didn’t born in an English family? Or she might think that why her life style is different?

If we notice carefully, this story is starting from the conclusion of the story and then it saying the main story or reason behind the story. This style can be good writing style too. It make attraction to readers mind to read whole story.

But at end there is still question, is teacher behaving good or bad or is his behavior beneficial or not? For that writer didn’t give us any clear decision. In one place she is say through narrator that I want to be myself and on the other part she is saying that teacher may be right too. This conflict gives us right that what we think. Positive or negative?