Introduction I could hear salsa, , and rumba blasting from everywhere. Beautiful Cuban women filled the street, and Spanish filled the air. “Permis o Senor, canto cuesta la?” I ask in Spanish, “Sir, how much for an Icy?”Cual e sos a hi centavo.” He replied. I walked around the block as I admired the Spanish style buildings, and the beautiful Palm trees. Hum, what’s that smell? Smell like a fresh strip of or maybe.” Chicharrones! Chicharrones!” Shouted a cuban man selling pork skins on the corner.
What a beautiful country! What a beautiful day! -Excerpt from “Adios Havana” By Lazer o Corti jo-Greeting Attention Step In recent years, the total population of Spanish speakers in the US has doubled. A. According to Census 2001 of the estimated 284 million residents in the USA, 36 million are of Hispanic origin (Excluding PR).
5 million more than the entire population of Canada. B. In 1960 people of Hispanic origin only equaled 6% of the US population.
Since increased to 13%. C. 332 million people in the world speak Spanish. Second to Chinese Mandarin: 885 million, English speakers third, with ten million less than Spanish.
Need Step. The continual growth of the Hispanic population increases everyday, but the number of Americans not of Hispanic descent who speak Spanish fluently, is a mere 3%, according to studies done by Florida State University. A. Relevant because of area of high Hispanic concentration.
... -Hispanics to measure against the Hispanic population. Literature review Many people have in recent decades become increasingly concerned about the nation's Spanish-origin populations ... , mostly experts and politicians. There are several reasons why politicians why people are now interested in the Hispanic populations. These ...
1. Misunderstanding 2. Population growth Satisfaction: I. Spanish should be required to be taken as a second language in grades K-9. A. American students should be required to speak Spanish fluently upon completion of their 8 th grade year.
B. Other societies such as Pakistan, Japan, and China can demonstrate proficiency in 3 or 4 languages by middle school years. Visualization Step: I. Picture yourself as a fluent Spanish speaking American. A. Able to communicate with others.
B. Eliminate stereotypes; talking about me, plotting something. II. Learning another language is said to make you more culturally sensitive and diverse. Less susceptible to stereotypes.
If that is the case, Action step: I. We can break the language barrier as Americans by taking initiative A. Enroll children in some kind of Spanish tutoring program B. Until the school system and American society recognize the Spanish language as a necessity and not just an elective, we should reinforce (Elm) II. We should assert that Spanish should be required as a second language in Grades K-9. A.
Days that one could say everyone speaks English or this is America speak English 1. Be instrumental (PTA, school board, city and state government Conclusion: The United States would be a better place if Spanish were spoken fluently as a second language by all Americans. So the next time you call your bank and the machine says, “Para Espa~not marque el dos.” Or some strange sounding tel a-marketer calls your home And begins to speak to you in Spanish but all you hear is; nacho bell grande, tortillas and guacamole. Don’t get mad, get educated..