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[Susan notes: Short and definitely to the point.]

Submitted to USA Today but not published
03/01/2006

To the editor

Ric Rosa (“Common-sense approach,” Letters, Feb. 28)

says that when his grandparents arrived in the US a

hundred years ago, they took pride in learning the

language. Rosa suggests that this attitude is lacking

today.



Language policy scholar Jim Crawford has pointed out,

however, that today’s immigrants are very successful

in learning English. According to US Census data, in

1890 about 3.6% of the US population (age 10 and

older) was non-English speaking. According to the 2000

Census, only about 1.5% of the population (age 5 and

older) said that they spoke no English at all.



Today’s immigrants clearly do take pride in learning

the language.



Stephen Krashen, Professor Emeritus, USC


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