How Does English Language Affect School Performance

1136 Words 5 Pages
Over the past few years, the main language spoken in the U.S inherited to be English. Over ninety two percent of the population speak English, making it the most popular language spoken. Out of the ninety two percent only eight percent speak a different language. This causes English to be their second language. Since in the U.S mostly everyone speaks English, some may still be learning it by listening to the outside world and bringing it back to their household. With this English being involved in the household, it may turn out to be acknowledged differently. English spoken at home has a negative effect in school performance due to the fact that not many teachers have the patient to work with these students, it may bring students out of their …show more content…
Culture can have a negative effect in school performance because one may feel that they are being left out due to the fact that they speak differently than others. Amy Tan’ writer of the essay, “Mother Tongue” states that student may feel comfortable finding themselves speaking a different type of language for the reason that they grew up speaking that way. “It has become our language of intimacy, a different sort of English that relates to family talk, the language I grew up with” (Tan). Speaking this language can cause distress towards the student for the reason that in school they may not be able to share this type of culture with everyone else. Instead they will need to speak the public language spoken at the school. Being forced to speak the language at school may cause the student to not be close together with their families for the reason that now the student must learn the public language. “In an instant, they agreed to give up the language that had revealed and accentuated our family’s closeness” (Rodriguez). Not being able to speak the household language may cause a student to feel even more isolated in school as well as at home. They will blame and be distressfully mad at the education for taking away what brought their culture together. Amy Tan’ author of the essay “Mother Tongue” stated that most of the language skills are developed by the peers around you. “But I do think that the language spoken in the family, especially in immigrant families which are more insular, plays a large role in shaping the language of the child” (Tan). The language brought from the culture causes a student to be comfortable in speaking that language. On the contrary when the student tries to bring that culture into school it can cause a negative effect for the reason that the student cant share that culture with many more. Furthermore

Related Documents