English Language Essay

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Should the United States of America have an official language? Nicole Womack English Composition II Instructor Jane McAdams August 06, 2012 Should the United States of America have an official language? Official English Laws are laws that seek to establish English as the official language of the United States. Compared to large majority of all countries the United States of America does not have an official language. There are now more than 322 languages spoken in the United States (U.S. Census, 2000). ). As of 2010 thirty states have adopted Official English laws. If the U.S. passed the Official English laws in all states than it would become necessary for the government to provide information and services in English only and does not protect the “right” of the non-English speakers to receive information and services in another language. The English Language Unity Act of 2011 says that most “official functions of the government of the U.S. shall be conducted in English.” The bill includes exemptions for the teaching of languages, for national security and foreign relations, for public health and safety and to protect the rights of criminal defendants or victims (Ross, 2012). This topic is extremely controversial among many groups; both political and non-political. The results of the research shall present several aspects concerning why English should be designated as the official language of the United States of America including, but not limited to; how can an official language promote unity and empower immigrants, ramifications of not having and having and official language in the federal government, and having an official language in the educational system, and any incidental information that is deemed relevant pursuant to the nature of the research intentions. References English-only Laws. (2012). Free Dictionary by Farlex. Retrieved from

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