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seneca Post time: 2015-5-26 12:36
I agree. That is why I think people are deluding themselves when they say they will enroll in so ...
This is just another reason to give more language choices. If English is compulsory, but the students would rather learn Russian, the school has no legal choice in the matter but to choose English, so the students will naturally study English to the test just to get it over with so that they can then move on to learning the language they really want to learn, whether because their parents do business with Russia, they have a Russian family member, or other reason.
As for French in English Canada, I'm a French Canadian myself but I can also look at the situation objectively. Second language learning is dismal on both sides of the language divide in Canada (and especially on the English side, which certainly does not motivate others to learn the language of a community that takes such pride in its unilingualism and just expects the world to learn its language because God forbid they should have to stoop so low as to demean themselves by having to learn any language but the Queen's English), and both sides seem to have developed a certain arrogance in wanting to impose their respective languages on everyone else.
I'd studied some Ojibwe, and remember the teacher teaching us traditional Ojibwe prayers, which was quite enjoyable. English language teaching on the other hand seems to separate the language from the culture in an attempt to present English as universal and ethnically neutral, stripped of all cultural particularities, making it quite a soulless language in the process, which might also explain the lack of inspiration in learning English. I'd found Esperanto to be like Ojibwe too, where the community is quite happy to express the cultural particularities of its language community. Another similarity was a certain openness in both the Ojibwe and Esperanto-speaking communities, even an expectation of bilingualism as a norm and a sign of respect for linguistic diversity, which I'd found to be quite refreshing when contrasted with both the French and especially English attitude of entitlement to unilingualism and an expectation that the government and others serve them in their languages, an arrogance I could not detect in the other cultures, or at least not nearly as much. For instance, a Quebec couple tried to sue Air Canada for not serving them a 7-Up in French . This attitude would be unimaginable among the Deaf, Ojibwe or Esperanto cultures.