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Bilingualism In America Essay

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A new graduate from college walks into a job interview with a business degree. His potential as a worker is evidently high and the people sitting across the desk from him know that he is a highly intelligent individual, maybe even the smartest one they will interview today. This young graduate could do wonders for their business with his youth and energy. He is asked what seems like a million questions when finally he only has to answer one more question. They want to know if he can speak any second language. He cannot and tells them so. The boss frowns slightly and the young man's heart sinks a little. He just lost the job and he knows it. Although learning another language is difficult, it proves to be an essential quality in today's…show more content…

However, in some companies the workers may be the one who speak the foreign language. In America today our Hispanic population continues to grow and they seek work as farmhands or factory workers. Companies need employees who are capable of talking to these people and explaining to them the ways of the workplace in a way they can understand. Second, as access to more distant places of the world become more accessible and affordable more people are able to take holidays to these parts of the world. Places like Central and South America are hot spots for travelers today when fifty years ago traveling to places like these seemed unimaginable. As people begin to travel to foreign areas of the world tourists must be able to communicate with the people in these countries to find their way around, book a hotel, and even order off a menu at a restaurant. Also, while guests are there they will want to purchase souvenirs and buy things they would not be able to purchase in America. To do so, people must know how to communicate to the seller about price, how the item was made, and how it is used. If a tourist is unable to do communicate to the seller, they could be wasting their money on an overpriced item or on a souvenir which have to purpose to the consumer. The most important reason to know more

Whether it’s at home, in school, or in your neighborhood, with your grandma or with your soccer team, being bilingual has made life a little bit more cross-cultural, and you a bit more special.

In the midst of this bilingual revolution, we want to hear the stories of those experiencing it: bilingual students. French Morning and Frenchly are calling on 7th-11th grade students for a New York area essay contest on being bilingual, to answer the question, “How does being bilingual make you different, shape you or define who you are?”

We want to hear the stories of bilingual students attending school in the greater New York City area (tri-state area). Students at all kinds of schools—public, private, charter, bilingual, and monolingual—are welcome to apply. French does not have to be one of the languages students are bilingual in!

Essays should be written in students’ best English. Essays will be judged on clarity, persuasiveness, originality, and how compelling the storytelling is.

Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony at French Morning’s annual Bilingual Fair on November 4th at Fordham University School of Law near Lincoln Center. The finalists in each age group will be announced in the weeks leading up to the fair. They must be present at the Bilingual Fair, where the final prizes will be announced. All finalists will receive cash prizes for themselves, and the first and second place winners will also receive money for their schools. The first place winner’s essay in each age group will be published on French Morning and Frenchly.

All submissions must be entered here by Wednesday, October 25.


Essay Question:
How does being bilingual make you different, shape you or define who you are?

Length Requirement:
7th-8th graders (Middle School), 300-350 words
9th-11th graders (High School), 450-500 words

High School
1st: $800 for the student and $500 for their school
2nd: $300 for the student and $200 for their school
3rd: $100 for the student

Middle School
1st: $400 for the student and $200 for the school
2nd: $200 for the student and $100 for the school
3rd: $100 for the student

Please submit essays here by Wednesday, October 25.