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  •  where do you live, bink? (0+ / 0-)

    I teach at a minority majority, mostly Hispanic high school in Texas; I would not say that our students are predisposed for rapid acculturation.

    Our district has 'immigrant' students spend three years in a Newcomer Center, ESOL class program. Is that very rapid?

    The ESOL training classes I have attended estimate a seven year process to get to English language proficiency.

    •  I Live in Oregon (0+ / 0-)

      I grew up here and elsewhere in the rural West.  Mexican and Mexican-American students who were my peers became fluent in English at the grade school level and were indistinguishable from other students by the time they hit high school.

      At that time, though, there were only a couple of handfuls of immigrant Spanish-speakers in each class.  I wonder if the immersion aspect of it made it impossible for them to go without learning English right away.

      I don't have the students at hand now, but I believe that I read that some 99% of children brought up in Spanish-speaking households in the U.S. become fluent in English by adulthood.

      I won't tell anyone that Reagan was a turd.

      by bink on Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 06:33:44 PM PST

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