America, By Douglas Mcgray, And The Expansion Of Foreign Language Education

1405 Words Nov 30th, 2015 6 Pages
Author Douglas McGray, in his article “Lost in America,” fights for the expansion of foreign language education in schools by focusing on the present and potential future effects the issue will have on the state of America’s world relations and world business market. To efficiently communicate his message for expansion, McGray publishes his article in Foreign Policy Magazine—a publication known for its political demographic. He publishes his article there with the intent to persuade his intended audience, lawmakers, to pass additional policies and laws expanding foreign language in schools. McGray compiles evidence from history, research, and some of his own thoughts on global education in America. He includes several rhetorical choices such as historical references, statistics, urgency in tone, and analogies which he utilizes to highlight his point to lawmakers that foreign language is fundamentally important in America’s school system.
Throughout the article, McGray references historical evidence to substantiate and support his claims. These references he accompanies with persuasive word choices to veer his audience’s opinion. An instance where he applies this method is in his statement: “America was suddenly a republic, but a republic of foreigners—disparate, multi-lingual, barely connected… Public education was designed to manufacture citizens” (McGray 353). This reference to history is used to target his primary audience, lawmakers, as he relates the issue to the…
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