Social Issues At A Young Age : Second Language Learning

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Eradicating Social Issues at a Young Age: Second Language Learning as a Gateway to Cultural Literacy When my grandfather was thirty, he could speak four languages. He would talk to his parents in Farsi, his friends in French, his neighbors in English, and his cousins in German. Fifty years later, he continues to surround himself with the culture of those he has met and connected with. He may be living in a largely Farsi speaking community, but the cultural appreciation fostered after years of stumbling through three foreign languages has followed him. Language unlocks doors between different peoples and cultures, ultimately laying the foundation for clear communication and honest discourse. We currently live in a world where the…show more content…
While in 1985 the United States saw only 11 reported hate crimes, the country had over 500 in 1990, and over 1,000 just three years later in 1993 (2). These tensions result from situations where people attack each other 's differences, instead of trying to understand and appreciate each other 's cultural backgrounds. The increased frequency of these crimes reveals that changes need to be implemented to address the violence. Greater instances of clear understandings need to be developed between different groups of people in order to ease these tensions. Currently through education and exposure, educators try to address and change the patterns in which young students lack the ability to culturally connect with each other as Dr. Barbara Putz-Plecko describes but, the increase in hate crimes and this violence still persists (2). Therefore, schools need to create an improved way of bringing cultural appreciation into the classroom. This cultural appreciation is defined by Dr. Elizabeth Bifuh-Ambe as the incorporation of various practices to give students insight to individual cultures in the efforts of bringing about a multicultural classroom (692). Drs. James A. Banks, Cherry A. McGee Banks describes this process of creating this multicultural approach ongoing, with each new division in people bringing about more instances where “members of in-groups favor in-group members [that is, those similar to them] and
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