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1 Dr. Michael A. Brookshaw Associate Professor of Spanish Winston-Salem State University

2 El mundo 6 billiones de personas

3 General Language Facts…  Over 6,800 Tongues  8 Countries account for more than half of all languages  There are 832 language is Papua New Guinea  India has 15 official languages

4 10 Most Common Languages  Chinese, 1 billion  Spanish, 400 million  English, 322 million  Arabic, 220 million  Bengali, 189 million  Japanese, 125 million  German, 98 million  Hindi, 182 million  Portuguese, 170  Russian, 170

5 Buenas tardes Bienvenidos Es un gran placer para mi tener esta oportunidad hablarles sobre la importancia de saber una lengua extanjera: el espanol ¿Me entienden?

6 ¿Habla Ud. español?

7 Why Learn Another Language?  Knowing another language brings opportunities  Better knowledge of other peoples & cultures  Read and understand more  Employment advantages  The World is at Your Fingertips  You become a Citizen of the World

8 Reasons People Learn a Second Language…  Personal  Professional  Social  Educational

9 Why Spanish?  The historical connection  4th largest Spanish Speaking population in U.S.  2000 mile border with Mexico  Current demographic reality  Continental reality of the Hispanic world

10 The Spanish Speaking World

11 The Spanish Speaking World 400,000,000 speakers  Venezuela, 21,000,000  Colombia, 35,000,000  Ecuador, 5,000,000  Perú, 23,000,000  Chile, 14,000,000  Argentina, 34,000,000  Uruguay,3,000,000  Bolivia, 7,000,000  México, 93,000,000  Guatemala, 10,000,000  El Salvador, 5,000,000  Honduras, 5,000,000  Nicaragua, 4,000,000

12 The Spanish Speaking World 400,000,000 speakers (2)  República Dominicana, 7,000,000  Puerto Rico, 3,000,000  Las Filipinas, 3,000,000  Estados Unidos, 25,000,000  Costa Rica, 3,000,000  España, 39,000,000  Guinea Ecuatorial, 500,000  Cuba, 11,000,000  Uruguay, 3,000,000  Panamá, 2,000,000  Paraguay, 5,000,000

13 The Spanish You Already Know  Mosquito  Chocolate  Banco  Radio  Discoteca  Vitaminas  presidente  mamá  animal  especial  constitución  ángel

14 Spanish in the last 10 years…(1)  Surge in the Spanish population nationally  Spanish is more of a necessity than a choice  Spoken by 35.3 million Hispanics  Not speaking Spanish can be a handicap  There is nothing foreign about Spanish anymore  Spanish dominates all other languages in the public schools

15 Spanish in the last 10 years…(2)  The need in the workplace for Spanish is tremendous  The president,himself, gives his radio address in Spanish  Language and culture of Latin America have flooded the nation  83% of college students study Spanish  Demographics demand that you learn Spanish

16 Spanish Facts… (1)  The second language of the U.S.  Hispanics are the largest minority  The U.S. has the 4th largest Spanish population in the world.  Hispanics are becoming politically and economically powerful.  The U.S. is being “Hispanized”

17 Spanish Facts… (2)  The U.S used to be Mexico until 1848  The U.S. has a intimate history with all things Spanish.  Hispanic language, art, culture have exploded.  Our heritage is locked in Spanish  The U.S. has always had Spanish influence

18 Spanish Popular Culture Explosion  Singers  Actors  Atheletes  Food  Art  Politicians

19 Spanish Influence and Hispanics are everywhere Just look around you…

20 What do you see?  Our states:  Our rivers  Our cities  Our food  Our language  Our neighbors  Our lives

21 States with Spanish Names  Montana  Nevada  Colorado  Arizona  Florida  California

22 Cities with Spanish Names  Los ÁngelesBoca Ratón  San FranciscoSanta Rosa  SacramentoSan Isidrio  Santa CruzSan Bernadino  Santa BárbaraVallejo  Santa FeSan Clemente  Las CrucesLas Palmas

23 A new world is being created in the United States  The border with Mexico is disappearing  We are now living in AMEXICA

24 The Hispanic Community in the Piedmont Triad…  110,000 Hispanics  Growth rate of 25% yearly  Winston-Salem’s Population is twice as large as any other area  Winston-Salem is the commercial center for Hispanic business  85% speak only Spanish  Only Mexico, Spain and Colombia have more Spanish speaking people  La RAZA is meeting The HOOD

25 Benefits of Language Study: What Research Shows…  Analyzing skills improve  Creativity increases  Knowledge of English increases  Attitudes toward different peoples and cultures change  Higher-order skills increase  Job mobility and promotion increase  Memory is enhanced  Standardized test scores improve  Reading and writing skills increase

26 Why Should African Americans Be Concerned About Languages?  Our heritage is locked in language  Africa is the origin of 1/3 of all the world’s languages.  All of our ancestors spoke foreign languages  We owe it to the future

27 Learning a Language Will Make a Difference in How you see the World and How the World Sees YOU

28 We must Become Citizens of the World, not just the U.S.A

29 ¿Habla Ud. Español? Sí, hablo español.

30 Trabalengua (Tonguetwister)  Paco Peco chico rico insultaba como un loco a su tio Federico y este dijo poco a poco Paco Peco Poco Pico.

31 The Tongue-Tied American Congressman Paul Simon, 1980  “The United States has fallen far behind other nations in foreign languge skills and this decline creates certain problems and challenges.”  “At every port of entry into the United States we should erect a sign:  -WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES-  WE CANNOT SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE

32 John Naisbitt (1982) Megatrends Thinking Globally… For Americans, it is self evident that this is the time to learn another language--and learn it well. The size, proximity, and economic promises of Latin America make Spanish an attractive choice…. To be really successful, you will have to be trilingual: fluent in English, Spanish, and computer. to learn another language--and learn it well. The size, proximity, and economic promises of Latin America make Spanish an attractive choice…. To be really successful, you will have to be trilingual: fluent in English, Spanish, and computer.--p.78

33 “A Man Who Does Not Know A Foreign Language Does Not Know His Own” ---Goethe


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