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Increasing Ethnic Diversity and Language Instruction

Across the country, there is continued dialogue around what "English-only" assumes in the language spoken and cultural inclusiveness. Your posts bring to the fore front the need to re-evaluate concepts such as "primary" language and majority in terms of language instruction within academic contexts. There are estimates that by the year 2050, the Hispanic population will be the majority (this group is already the majority in California). Many are bilingual English-Spanish speakers, some are primarily Spanish speakers. If we assume that "dominant" refers to numerical majority, what do you think are the implications for language instruction at the academic level in light of the increasing ethnic diversity in the U.S?

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Because the United States is a cultural tossed salad, and there are so many different languages that are used here, it is becoming more and more common for people to be bi-lingual. Spanish is gradually becoming the more common language used in the U.S. In most schools, Spanish is offered as a secondary language and in most cases, a second language is required for graduation of high school. I know of a school system in my state, and I'm sure in many ...

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This solution discusses the increasing ethnic diversity and language instruction throughout the United States.

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