The 2 boys tended to use more Spanish especially to each other even though they were at least as proficient in English as the girls. Tis reflects that although they recognized the importance of English fluency in their future endeavors as breadwinners, tey were more conscious of maintaining their Mexican heritage in their social relations than the girls. Te Smith-Hefner study states that most Khmer parents placed a high value on both the acquisition of English fluency and instruction as well as their native language this seemed to contradict general refusal to push the children into less popular bilingual rather than unilingual English programs un like other southeastern Asian communities.
Te researcher postulated that this was because the Hindu religion taught them that they could have little influence on the direction of their children’s lives, a it was largely predetermined by fate and how they behaved in previous reincarnated lives. I appears the children, epecting to remain in the US for the rest of their lives, iplicitly saw English fluency as critical to their fitting in and in American society, ad while not necessarily rejecting their Khmer heritage, dd not feel the need to take steps to ensue its’ preservation.
Terefore in both groups while some aspects of homeland language and culture may be preserved, tis is likely to be restricted to private social identities with family and close friends. Een the children recognize that in order to achieve status and economic well being English language proficiency is mandatory to be identified as a well respected successful of mainstream American society and the preservation of homeland language, vlues and culture is usually of secondary importance.
Te studies suggest to me that policies that provide instruction in immigrant’s languages should be promoted only to the extent that they are necessary to enable children to receive instruction in English only. I other words, pblic funds in this era of tight budgets should not be expended with a view to preserving immigrant’s language and heritage, athough theses communities should be free to organize and finance such programs if they A least now we live in an English dominant Anglo Saxon society so I submit the prime focus of our public education system should be to prepare students to function well in such an environment.
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