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calendar   Tuesday - September 04, 2007

“Sometimes, you are not gonna know some.”

Via Say Anything

I have long said that language is the glue that holds the nation together. When we began to offer services in other languages, it was in the name of “helping” people to get acclimated.  Now it is simply the way its done.

Inspectors in Arizona recently made the rounds to see how English classes were going.  Want to know what they found?

Words escape me.

An official state inspection of Arizona public schools reveals that many students are being taught English by Spanish-speaking teachers whose command of English is so poor that the officials can barely understand them.

The recent inspection revealed teachers providing instruction in Spanish instead of the legally required English, students unable to answer questions in English, and teachers’ instructions such as “Sometimes, you are not gonna know some.”

The results of the inspections were reported by the Arizona Republic, which concluded hundreds of students in the state are trying to learn English from teachers who don’t know the language.

The inspections found teachers who are unable to use English grammar and cannot pronounce English words. The “You are not gonna know” comment came from a Mesa teacher instructing a classroom filled with students trying to learn English.

From a Casa Grande Elementary District teacher came, “read me first how it was before,” and a Phoenix teacher at Creighton Elementary asked, “If you have problems, to who are you going to ask?”

State officials each year visit classrooms where children are learning English. Of the 32 school districts visited last year, there were problems at about one-third.

“Some teachers’ English was so poor that even state officials strained to understand them,” the assessment found. “At a dozen districts, evaluators found teachers who ignored state law and taught in Spanish.”

The visits, which lasted from one to three days, discovered teachers did not know grammar or pronunciation. “In one classroom, the teacher’s English was ‘labored and arduous.’ Other teachers were just difficult to understand. Some teachers pronounced ‘levels’ as ‘lebels’ and ‘much’ as ‘mush,’” the newspaper reported.

The article has some quotes from resident who have some suggestions for dealing with the problem.  Said one:

“Excuse me, but how about taking the teachers back to 1st grade and teaching them ENGLISH first?”

Indeed


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