US: acute shortage of Arabic-language teachers

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Mon Sep 17 13:15:23 UTC 2007


The 22nd United American Muslim Day Parade on September 9 was designed
to bring together various ethnic and religious communities, promote a
better understanding of Islam and foster interfaith cooperation.

A small group of Islamophobes is seeking to stop the parade. The
rhetorical attacks on the parade are clearly an attempt to demonise
and marginalise the American Muslim community.

Suddenly, there is an acute shortage of Arabic-language teachers
across the country. Since 9/11, the number of students interested in
the Middle Eastern language has been skyrocketing. More than 20,000
people in the USA enrolled in an Arabic-language higher-education
programme in 2006, double the number who signed up from 1998 to 2002.
Other languages will show an increase but the only language that might
be as dramatic as Arabic might be Chinese.

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