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Viewpoint: Cop’s ‘speak English’ demand wrong


There is a sign outside the classroom door where I have taught English as a second language to adult students for three decades.

It reads: “If you make fun of someone’s broken English and you don’t speak at least two languages fluently, you are a jerk of monumental proportions.”

I bring this up because I am appalled at the insensitivity displayed by a member of the Albany police force who said, “If you’re going to live in this country, you need to learn to speak English.”

I understand this officer’s frustration at being unable to communicate with people at a bloody crime scene. As a veteran ESL teacher, I experience this frustration every day of

Read more at: http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Viewpoint-Cop-s-speak-English-demand-wrong-12350249.php