Essay on Teaching Mandarin And Teaching Language

919 Words Sep 27th, 2015 4 Pages
The institutions that surround Durell, predominantly school, are campaigning that anyone can and everyone should learn another language, yet at the same time they are emphasizing that it is normal for this kind of learning to not take place at home. The school starts by making it seem like language is a natural thing that kids learn just by being exposed to it. The teach herself says they are teaching mandarin only using it as a tool making it seem as though kids will just pick up the mandarin as they learn other things. The school believes in acquiring not learning of language. There is also a belief that once a language is learned it is permanent in the institution with the teacher not reaching out to homes or the community to make sure the kids continue to use the language even when they are not in school. Pointing out that there is no intermingling between the two languages, the teacher also supports that other languages do not interfere with learning English. School is showing that everyone can and should speak other languages. They will learn it and keep it forever. However, the institution is also rather deceptive about the states of language in the community. The teacher says herself that the children first language can and is community not English. She only gives a sentence to this. Yet, she spends the rest of the time saying that all the kids need to be exposed to a foreign language because it will not happen anywhere else. Ignoring the fact she herself said these…

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