Presentation on theme: "Should there be an Official Language of the United States?"— Presentation transcript:
1 Should there be an Official Language of the United States? *Address this question in notebooks for 5 minutefree write *
2 Dialects of American English “Pahk the Cah in Hahvud Yahd”“The rain in Maine falls mainly on the plain”“How ya doin’ y’all?”
3 Official vs National America does not have an Official Language Almost every session of Congress has an amendment proposed to make English the Official LanguageThe ACLU believes that English-only laws can violate the U.S. Constitution's protection of due process (especially in courts where no translation service would be offered) and equal protection (for example, where English-only ballots would be used where bilingual ones were available in the past).The debate goes on
4 Official vs NationalRight now, English is the National Language of the United Statesthe federal government is directed to "preserve and enhance the role of English as the national language of the United States of America." It does not go as far as proposals to designate English the country's official language, which would require all government publications and business to be in English.