Learning A Second Language : How Late Is Too Late?

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Taylor Tayfel
Mr. Ramlow
English 12CP Period 6
20 March 2015
Learning a Second Language: How Late is Too Late? I have taken four whole years of Spanish and the only thing I know how to say is, “¿Hola, cómo estás?” Research shows that the best time for a person to learn a second language is during the early years of childhood, before the child hits puberty. If this is the case then why do most schools start teaching a foreign language in middle school, after most kids have hit puberty. Some believe that there is not enough money and time to start teaching foreign language during early childhood, but others say this isn’t the case. In order for a person to become fluent in a second language and help us succeed as a nation the person should start learning a second language in elementary school. Believe it or not bilingual education dates all the way back to the 1960s. It all started in 1968 with the passing of the Bilingual Education Act (Title VII of the Hawkins-Stafford Elementary and Secondary Education Act). The act was passed as a way to educate students who were limited-English proficient. After the act was passed bilingual education began spreading rapidly throughout the United States. Georgia Garcia, a professor at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, notes that in 1974 the Supreme court ruled, “...that placing Chinese students who were limited-English-proficient in regular classrooms, without special efforts to address
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