Nelson Mandela and The Afrikan Languages

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“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” This quote was once said by the late, great South African leader, Nelson Mandela. He learned the Afrikaans language while he was in prison in order to communicate with the white Afrikaner guards. Mandela was imprisoned for standing up against the apartheid government that was committing human rights violations against black South Africans. Fellow prisoners were deeply offended when they heard Mandela speaking the language of their oppressors, but in Mandela's mind, Afrikaners are still Africans, he believes that they are still people of his country, and he really wanted to understand them. Learning…show more content…
Even though he was a big supporter of the bilingual program, he had some doubts. In an article he wrote titled “ English Immersion Has Led to Higher Test Scores”, he states, “As a former bilingual teacher, administrator, and co-founder of the California Association of Bilingual Educators, I had come to believe that many students remained too long in classes conducted in Spanish, and that, as a result, they lost ground in the development of their English language skills. I believe that this creates a learning gap that is seldom closed” (Noonan). A student's English development is delayed when little to no English is used in class, this is the problem of having to use the native language primarily. A year after Proposition 227 was passed, brought dramatic academic gains. Students in the English Immersion programs learned to read, speak, and write English much faster. Scores on state tests, which were administered in English were higher, compared to the scores back when they were still taught using their first language. All of these results happened in just a short span of time. These results solidified the author's stand that English immersion is better than the Bilingual program. Linda Chavez, the President of the Center for Equality, also believes that the Bilingual program is not an effective way of teaching English learners. She also said that, based on studies and conducted

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