In this “melting pot” called the United States of America, one language has unified the communication of our country, and that is American English, our country’s primary language.
English in many developed countries are being used as the official language; for example it is used as the official language in European Union and in many commonwealth countries as well as many world organisations....
English as the official language of the United States
Making English "the" official language would deem all others unofficial, and therefore not worthy of the translation of information about ballot measures, school policies, and other complex matters that are best understood in one's native language even after learning English.
Communication would be difficult for non-English speakers.
It would difficult for non-English speakers to get a job.
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Although not an official language in any of these countries if one visits any of them it would seem that almost everyone there can communicate with ease in English.
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This means that knowing English would help many immigrants learn to speak and read the language Americans speak.
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Although English being the official language of the United States would be easier, forcing the language on an immigrant would violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which discriminates against non-English speaker.
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If you randomly select two people in Cameroon, for instance, there is a 97 percent likelihood that they will have different mother tongues. In the United States, there is only a 33 percent likelihood that this is going to happen. You can click on the various countries shown in the map above to find out how the United States compares with other countries.
4. Many popular languages are spoken in more than just one country
The reason why English, French and Spanish are among the world’s most widespread languages has its roots in the imperial past of the nations where they originate.
5. English is widely used as an official language
Note: English is not a de jure official language in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia. Source:
However, whether a country has English as its official language says little about how its citizens really communicate with one another. In some of the nations highlighted above, only a tiny minority learned English as a native language.
6. Nevertheless, most languages are spoken only by a handful of people. That’s why about half of the world’s languages will disappear by the end of the century
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Abstract: This case study examines the idea of declaring English as the official language of the United States, considering issues of language planning, national identity, Constitutional rights, education, financial costs and minority group rights. The case uses readings covering these issues as well as U.S. Census Bureau data to help define who does and does not speak English and the historical context of immigrants. Students begin with readings from the leading organizations for an official language (ProEnglish and U.S. English) and several readings from James Crawford, President of the Institute for Language and Education Policy, and from the Linguistic Society of America. Next, students must determine how U.S. Census Bureau language data from 1970 to 2010 can be used to understand the context of non-native English speakers. Then complicating factors are introduced as students consider the consequences of having an official language, 1) for minority groups, particularly Native Americans; 2) for language education in public schools as well as adult education; and 3) for U.S. citizens’ rights as defined in the U.S. Constitution. The case study can be taught in whole or in part or can be expanded to cover in more depth issues of education, language rights, policy planning, bilingualism and/or statistics.