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And, in case you didn’t know, Arabic is the number one language of refugees entering the US right now.
From The Tennessean (hat tip: Joanne):
Starting this fall, Metro Nashville Public Schools will begin offering Arabic language classes.
The creation of the classes expands on the district’s foreign language offerings of Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, Latin and German, according to a press release from the district.
All of the Arabic classes will be offered in grades 7-12 and are being installed in six South Nashville schools. The area is one of the most diverse in the district and includes a high number of English Language Learners.
The six schools were chosen based on an audit of students’ home languages. Each of the schools has students that speak Arabic as their primary language, and beginning Arabic and heritage Arabic classes will be taught for the varying abilities of students.
For more information, I wrote about Arabic coming to Maryland schools here in 2011. I don’t think the plan ever advanced. I guess I better find out!
By the way, we told you here in 2014, that Nashville’s public schools are a wreck thanks to the large numbers of impoverished immigrants in the city. Maybe those immigrant kids should be focusing on learning basic education skills including learning to speak and write ENGLISH well!
Nashville has been a targeted resettlement city for a long time. See our whole Nashville category, here, to learn more. Wow! This is our 80th post on Nashville.