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Monolingualism: the illiteracy of the 21st century

French Teacher, Sebastien DeClerck stands in front of his world map which he uses to educate his students on geography since it is no longer offered at Ventura High School. Photo by: Charlotte D'Orsi

Charlotte D'Orsi

September 23, 2019

In 2009, the United States Census Bureau reported that only 20 percent of Americans speak a second language besides English, that’s 61 million out of 305 million, so, in other words, not a lot of people. You may be wondering: “Why is that?” Well, dear reader, the answer is simple: nativism. Ju...

Opinion: After one year, you shouldn’t be done

 Period 6 Spanish students. 
Photo by: Lily Lara

Liliana Lara and Hailey Cox

September 23, 2017

VHS has four foreign languages available for students to take: Spanish, Italian, German and French. Students get the opportunity to learn about the important holidays and traditions of these different cultures, according to VHS’s language teachers. According to, learning a new la...

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