[lg policy] Israel: Arabic to Be Taught to Fifth-Graders

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 25 14:18:41 UTC 2010

Israel: Arabic to Be Taught to Fifth-Graders

Published: August 24, 2010

The study of Arabic will be compulsory for fifth-grade students in
Jewish public schools in Northern Israel under a pilot project
starting in September, an Israeli Ministry of Education official said
Tuesday. Arabic is already compulsory from seventh to ninth grade in
Jewish schools throughout the country, after which it is elective. The
program will begin with about 50 Arab teachers, and could expand
depending upon its success and the availability of teachers, said
Shlomo Alon, the ministry’s chief supervisor for Arabic language. The
program is a way for students and teachers “to look at the other and
to share views about life, customs and culture,” Mr. Alon said. About
half the students in northern Israel are Arab, and the study of Hebrew
is mandatory in Arab schools.



 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com


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