I have personal experience with ESOL the new term for ESL or English for speakers of other languages. After three months my wife learned how to describe the furniture in a house and can say "I have an Armoire"
When she asked me how I said armoire I replied " I never have said the word" After the first semester she still was not taught how to say, "How much does this cost?" "Where is a hospital" " How can I take a bus to my house?" Where is a policman,restaurant etc. Or even "Do you have a job for me?"
But she can say 'I have an armoire,desk, table,sofa'. What a waste of time but then it is a government program.In addition the students had a tour of PCC campus and three lost days because of parties and my wife was told to bring food for the party.
A good practical class emphasizing needed communication skills is what is needed and IMMERSION at the earliest age possible is the way to learn language no matter what the teacher's union tells us about parallel classes for non english speakers.
The mexican american parents fought this " bilingual" program for english years ago, it never meant speaking two languages it meant two languages taught spanish and english and the spanish speakers were not integrated into the general school population until age 12. Dooming them to speak with an accent and to have less job opportunity forever.
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