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[Susan notes: This letter teaches us a good lesson: Catch good news when you can and point out it's real relevance to the many who might not recognize the import.]

Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution
09/07/2006

To the editor


The article about waiting lists for

English-as-a-second-language classes ("Many strive to

learn it, but bilingualism grows," ajc.com, Sept. 4)

provides strong evidence for the proposition that

immigrants are highly motivated to learn our language.

They don't need lectures from politicians or anyone

else about the importance of English in the United

States.



There's no justification for coercive, "English-only"

legislation, now pending on Capitol Hill, which would

restrict government's ability to use other languages

to provide essential services. Instead, Congress

should be expanding opportunities to learn English

with adequate funding for ESL classes.



JAMES CRAWFORD and STEPHEN KRASHEN

Crawford, who lives in Takoma Park, Md., is director

of the Institute for Language and Education Policy.

Krashen, who lives in Los Angeles, is on the

institute's board of directors.

James Crawford & Stephen Krashen


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