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    I'm living and studying in Belgium at the moment because of my father's job and I could've chosen not to learn either french, dutch or german but because i had to choose a 3. language i chose french. I'll be dropping it in a few years when i have the choice because i don't want to learn it. It won't matter much anyways because after i've finished school i'll be going back to my home country and probably not need french for the rest of my life. I don't think i'm being rude to Belgians by not wanting to learn their languages although i do know a bit of french and can guide an old person to a bus stop.

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    Well, doesn't learning English depend on what part of America they are in? If I understand right, there are parts of America that have a huge Spanish speaking population. I may be wrong though. Still, i think they should learn English, not to show show respect or any such but so they aren't hindered when they leave school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neruke View Post
    I just assume that most high-society brats who visit international or american schools in other countries dont care even the slightest bit of the language of the country they are in!
    So it doesnt matter if YOU think English should be taught...
    You dont want to be forced to do anything you dont want, so do people from other countries.
    Just let them alone, they didnt do you anything.
    Well, they SHOULD care about the language. If I went to school in another country, I would fully expect to learn the language of that country, and be taught in that language. In fact, I found it unreasonable that I wasn't required to learn French all the way through highschool despite it being an official language of my country. Yes, that applies to ALL countries. If you go to school somewhere, learn the language; don't expect that you can go to a country and do everything your own way if that's not how things work somewhere else.

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    Quick Quip - America has no official language.
    I know. But would any official - say, governmental - business be done in a language besides English?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chizabubble View Post
    Well, doesn't learning English depend on what part of America they are in? If I understand right, there are parts of America that have a huge Spanish speaking population. I may be wrong though. Still, i think they should learn English, not to show show respect or any such but so they aren't hindered when they leave school.
    The school itself is New York City which is a very diverse area. Most people there still speak or at least know English.


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    Quote Originally Posted by StealDragon View Post
    But aside from that, this school will not be focused on teaching english to young arabic students. What do you think of that. Is it anti-American to NOT teach them (now mostly) in arabic alone or should we try to Americanize the students and make English a top priority while respecting and teaching them about their Arabic heritage? I only bring this up here because another main issue is its a public school.
    this kinda pissed me off. so what if the school doesn't teach them?
    It's an arabic school right? if students wanted to be "Americanized" as you put it, then they could have gone to a different school. why is there even an issue about it? even if it's a public school, no one is being forced to go.. what about those who want to keep arabic the main priority, and don't care about english?


    but I guess not much can be said when the people move to live there anyway..

    either way I'm with the school in not focusing in English

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhjana View Post
    I'm living and studying in Belgium at the moment because of my father's job and I could've chosen not to learn either french, dutch or german but because i had to choose a 3. language i chose french. I'll be dropping it in a few years when i have the choice because i don't want to learn it. It won't matter much anyways because after i've finished school i'll be going back to my home country and probably not need french for the rest of my life. I don't think i'm being rude to Belgians by not wanting to learn their languages although i do know a bit of french and can guide an old person to a bus stop.

    Amen...

    Ahh, stop wait, its a bad thing not to lern the language from the country you are living in...
    Ah no stop wait wait... that does only count when you are not American!


    Honestly guys, just let these people alone, and dont be some fucking xenophob imperialistic americans. (xenophob = "afraid of foraigners", for the average american who doesnt even know that there is no country that is called "Arabia")

    Just because it is a arabian school doesnt mean that they are uncultivated freaks from the middle east who want to bomb your stuff...

    Just let them alone, fucking alone, and dont tell everyone what to do. (*)
    Thats all. -_-


    (*) Seems like this is always the problem which has the majority of the world with the USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neruke View Post
    I just assume that most high-society brats who visit international or american schools in other countries dont care even the slightest bit of the language of the country they are in!
    I haven't heard of any such international schools that don't teach you the language of the country you are located in. In fact, many of the local and international schools that I've been to require you to be bi or trilingual, including the most commonly practiced language of the country the school is located in.

    Quote Originally Posted by neruke View Post
    So it doesnt matter if YOU think English should be taught...
    You dont want to be forced to do anything you dont want, so do people from other countries.
    Just let them alone, they didnt do you anything.
    I also didn't want to be forced to go to school, but I am. While we're learning a lot of obscure and worthless crap mixed in with a few things that are relevant to us or will become relevant to us, learning the local language is pretty much guaranteed to be helpful at some level.

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    I believe that, yes they should be taught in a Arab enviroment and yes they should be allowed to study their own heritage, but there must also be some emphasis on assimilation. In the UK, there are many Arabic schools and because they mainly cater to teaching Islam to Muslim students it creates very Isolated communities. I believe that such schools should be much like regular schools, teaching English and the rest of the other main academic subjects (Maths, geography and the three sciences), but the rest of the subjects should be geared towards their community, learning Arabic as a langauge, learning about Arabic history in history and learning about Islam in RE.

    I have no problems with schools that are suited towards certain communities, but I also believe that the schools should focus on allowing its sttudents to integrate with the local society.

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    I think it is fine. The CIA (After 911) was about to hire anyone who could speak arabic. So there is a need for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henchy432 View Post
    I think it is fine. The CIA (After 911) was about to hire anyone who could speak arabic. So there is a need for it.
    there is a problem if he only speaks arabic though :P

    Btw, I would be pretty pissed if I had to pay public schools which don't teach French at all. If it was a private school which didn't care about the assimilation of its students I would tolerate it, but I would not for a public one.

 

 
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