A little while back there was some hubbub about Canada’s English-language proficiency test, possibly due to some very inaccurate reporting. While reading “Generations of Exclusion” I got to thinking about language assimilation & immigration. Answering some stock questions could lead to cheating, and personal evaluation could be subjective. It occurred to me that language should help to impart information, and I recalled the trouble some people have had when calling outsourced call-centers. I propose that prospective immigrants be sent technical manuals (written in English). Federal employees will be required to phone them for tech support. If a prospective immigrant can’t set the men & women who serve Uncle Sam right, there are probably plenty of others who can. Before anyone interjects, this test will be necessary rather than sufficient for entry.

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