Example for Grade 7: Argumentative – Second Language Learning - ID: 975

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Second Language Learning

  • Purpose: Argumentative
  • Grade: 7
  • ID No. 975

Student Response

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Dear School Board,

We need to make a change! Schools should teach a second language. First of all, learning another language can make it easier to learn other things in the future. Secondly, it would help people talk to other people from around the world. It can be limiting to go to a place and not know how to speak the language there. Also, if someone comes to a school and does not speak English, but the school teaches a language that that person does speak, then there is a way to them to do all the work needed.

First, I think that second language instruction should be included in schools because it will expand people’s learning abilities. When someone learns a new language, they can learn other things more easily. The question is, how soon is too soon? According to source 1, “…research suggests that monolingual and bilingual children meet major developmental milestones at similar times”. So essentially, bilingual children learn everything at similar times, but they know two languages instead of one.

Next, a second language will help people speak to more people around the world. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands; that goes to his head. If you talk to a man in his own language, that goes to his heart”(source 2). Knowing two different languages doubles the chances of being able to speak to communicate with someone else.

Finally, people in the school can participate with people joining the school who do not speak English. By this I mean, if there is a second language spoken, people will be able to understand one another. In addition, people who do not speak English can get their homework in a different language, which will help them get better grades.

These three reasons are why you people should include the teaching of a second language in the district.