[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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