Spanish As a Second Languge Essay

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Spanish As a Second Languge

Spanish As a Second Languge


In recent years, the total population of Spanish speakers in the US has doubled. According
to Census 2001 of the estimated 284 million residents in the USA, 36 million are of
Hispanic origin, Five million more than the entire population of Canada. In 1960 people of
Hispanic origin only equaled 6% of the US population. Since increased to 13%. 332 million
people in the world speak Spanish. Second to Chinese Mandarin: 885 million. 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, Relevant because of area of high Hispanic concentration.


Spanish should be required to be taken as a second language in grades K-9. American
students should be required to speak Spanish fluently upon completion of their 8th grade
year. Other societies such as Pakistan, Japan, and China can demonstrate proficiency in 3
or 4 languages by middle school years. "A child taught a second language after the age of
10 or so is unlikely ever to speak it like a native," said a February 1996 Newsweek
article. Through extensive research it has been proven that the earlier a child is
introduced to a second language the greater the chances are that this child will master
both languages. A number of experts attribute this mastery to physiological changes that
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