English-Only America - Pro and Con Essay

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English-Only America - Pro and Con

As everyone agrees, English has been America’s common language since its foundation. In recent years, however, English is in danger of losing its status as a national language. As you would see in metropolises and cities in Border States, use of non-English languages among immigrants has been increasingly common. Some immigrants stick to their native language in everyday life and can’t speak English well even after several years of immigration. Because the lack of common language causes a lot of problems, some argue that the use of other languages should be legally restrained. But other people oppose it by saying that restraint will put non-English speaking people under pressure and the lack
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In his article, Avila concentrates on providing objective information regarding the Proposition 63 to Californians who are going to vote. He first explains about an insufficient environment for immigrants to learn English, giving a specific example of a lack of ESL classes. As seen in the following sentence, “San Francisco Community College Centers had about 3,000 names on waiting lists for English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in Asian and Hispanic areas last year,”(Avila 345) his sentence is very particular and contain concrete numbers. He makes his article unquestionable by using those facts. Then he claims that the bilingual support is necessary and not a waste of money. Although he rarely expresses his personal opinion in this article, his own arguments are well understood from the facts he gave. He wants to say that governments and society are to blame for immigrants not to learn English because they have fault in not providing sufficient environment to learn English. Because Avila's article was on the local newspaper, his article is intended to be read by everyone who is concerned with Proposition 63, mainly voters in California. He is an activist for non-English speakers’ right. His use of objective information is very successful to persuade readers, especially for people like him who don’t have authority or power.

Avila appeals to our emotion by providing…