U.S. English Foundation Research
U.S. ENGLISH Foundation Publications
The U.S. ENGLISH Foundation studies language issues within the United States and produces reports of our findings to educate citizens on our common language. These briefings are distributed in paper format, but are also available here. A brief synopsis follows the title of the report. The full report may be viewed by clicking on the title.
Many Languages, One America: 2014
E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One... Why English as a common language is critical to America's Unity
The purpose of this comparative study is to provide policymakers and the public with a useful perspective on Puerto Rico’s history and the important questions that need to be answered in regard to its future. This research takes a comprehensive look at the different options available to Puerto Ricans – independence, maintenance of the status quo, free association with the United States, and statehood – and discusses the consequences of each. With its position as a commonwealth in question, it is important to take into consideration the possibility of Puerto Rico becoming our 51st state.
Becoming an American:
A Series of Examinations of Assimilation and Language Learning Patterns Among Immigrants:
English Acquisition: State of the Union
Part III: Americans and Language Knowledge
What about the Founding Fathers?
What would the founding fathers think about the official English movement? Some claim that since the founders purposely chose not to have an official language, we should not have one. By that logic, state legislatures should choose senators, slavery should be legal, and women should not vote. But even if the logic were sound, the claim is based on a false premise.
USA: Population and Language Proficiency Data
The 2000 Census represented the most comprehensive look at the residents of the United States. Using this data, the U.S. English Foundation has assembled a in-depth series of tables on the population of each state, including language use, English proficiency, linguistic diversity and population growth. We hope that this information will be helpful to researchers, teachers, students and anyone interested in the composition of our diverse nation.
Many Languages, One America
The United States has never been a land of just two languages. We have revolved around one central language — English — with many more languages making up the distinctly American accent. Find information on what is spoken where and by whom in this section.
American Immigration - An Overview
Trace the details of American immigration through the centuries, from its roots to its prognoses.
Official Language Research
Foundation Newsletters Looking for the most current happenings at the Foundation? Read all about our exciting news, most recent developments and latest stories here. You can also access a "Free English Language Learning Resources on the Internet" brochure here. Learn English for FREE The U.S. English Foundation offers access to free English language lessons via U.S.A. LEARNS, an educational resource for adult immigrants who want to learn or improve their English skills as they become part of American society. Create an account with U.S.A. LEARNS for FREE.