Schwarzenegger to Immigrants: Avoid Spanish-Language Media
SAN FRANCISCO â€” California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's remarks that immigrants should avoid Spanish-language media if they want to learn English quickly left some Hispanic journalists shaking their heads.
"You've got to turn off the Spanish television set" and stay away from Spanish-language television, books and newspapers, the Republican governor said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. "You're just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster."
Schwarzenegger, who immigrated to the U.S. from Austria, was responding to a question about how Hispanic students can improve academic performance. The audience included many journalists who work for Spanish-language media outlets....
"are neighbor to the South has a hard time teaching reading and writing "
You can't fault those who don't want to learn a language that is so hard to spell, but Arnold is an expert at 'immersion' learning of OUR difficult English.(This is how HE learned, and how Rossetta Stone, Berlitz and others have advised for decades.)
Davey, since English is the language of business, it is the most important language to learn around the world. Unfortunately, are neighbor to the South has a hard time teaching reading and writing in Spanish, let alone English
The following is an interesting and short commentary,
The Scandanvian countries are #1 in teaching foreign languages. For example in Finland, English is taught in the 1st grade and continues through the last year in high school. Some classes may start teaching 10% of their studies in English, and by the 6th grade it will be 100% (but not in all schools) Other languages, German, Swedish, Russian or French may start in the 5th. Now I heard Chinese will be taught in some schools in Helsinki. I should know because I retired teaching English Oral skills 2 yrs ago...It was great fun. Many visiting teachers or students from foreign countries were envious of this kind of program. A high percentage of Finnish students may speak and understand 2 or 3 languages. Terv davey