Hostos Community College Archives, HOS_GeMe_B2F14_27
Letter to the Editor by New York State Assemblyman Hector L. Diaz opposing Assembly Bill 2898 to make English the official language of New York State, February 16, 1989
Why does Assemblyman Diaz question the necessity for Assembly Bill 2898?
What arguments does Diaz offer on behalf of “cultural diversification”?
According to Diaz, how would this bill discriminate against new immigrants?
Why can Diaz be called a “true son” of The Bronx?
Why have Bronx voters rejected “English Only” proposals?
What is the date of this letter? What elected office does Assemblyman Diaz hold?
What does Diaz believe would happen if this bill is passed into law?
Compare the concept of “English as the designated U.S. national language” to Bronx Congressman Jose Serrano’s (D-NY 16th) “English-Plus Resolution
,” which recognizes “multi-lingualism as a national resource.”
Debate the success of bilingual education in schools. Does it hurt or hinder the advances of Hispanics in this country?
English Language Arts: Make a list of twenty-five words in English that originally came from another language. Indicate the meaning of each word and its language of origin.
Foreign Language: Write a short letter to Assemblyman Diaz in support of, or against, his stand on Assembly Bill 2898.
George A. Mitchell, ed. The New York Red Book. 93rd edition. New York Legal Publishing Corp.: Guilderland, N.Y.