[EDLING:145] Canada: Arabic study immersed in controversy
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Sun May 20 01:36:31 UTC 2007
Globe and Mail
Arabic study immersed in controversy
The public school board of Windsor, Ont., has decided to venture deeper into
the multicultural forest by offering what it calls Arabic immersion instruction
at an elementary school where 50 per cent of the pupils speak Arabic as a first
But the decision has immediately raised eyebrows at Ontario's Ministry of
Education over what constitutes "immersion."
A spokeswoman for the ministry said yesterday that its officials will meet with
Windsor's Greater Essex County District School Board to explore exactly what
sort of program it intends to present.
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