Re: [langue-fr] L'anglais est-il une langue universelle ?

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Sun Dec 31 2000 - 08:07:15 EST

Ar 07:48 -0800 2000-12-30, scríobh Patrick Andries:

>> School curricula are quite crowded
>> already. Every extra language you add is less time for math or
>> history or science or the native language. And where do you find the
>> teachers for all these extra languages?
>I would like to see any statistics tending to prove that pupils learning
>more languages have worse results in maths or science than the unilingual
>ones (let's say a comparison between HK pupils and the US ones ;-)).

There won't be. All evidence (and there's lots of it here in Ireland where
we have English-medium and Irish-medium schools) shows that, in general,
children who are bilingual do BETTER in school than monolingual children.

>The Americas being one of the most unilingual place in the World...(if we
>except California ?).

And Arizona. And Florida. And New York (City).

>> Trilingualism and more is I'm afraid just too
>> much to ask of most people who aren't full-time language
>> professionals or naturally gifted with languages.

Actually, all human beings are naturally gifted with languages, so long as
they are introduced to those languages young enough. Like well before 10.

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