Published on 15/09/13 at 23:00:18 GMT by Redaksjonen
Norway, Bergen: Hordaland County Council wants to increase the enrollment in language courses. As part of this initiative, it will now offer Arabic as a program at the Amalie Skram Secondary School during school year 2014-15 .
The proposal will be voted on at the Education and Health Committee on Tuesday 17 September .
Arabic is one of the six UN official languages. The language is used in over 20 countries and it is estimated that approximately 300 million people have Arabic as their mother tongue . In Hordaland County , there are more than 80 different native languages represented and Arabic is the largest of these languages .
Young people in Norway know first and foremost about the Arab world through the media , and many have them associate Arabic with of war, lack of freedom of expression and women's oppression . To open the eyes of young people to new perspectives and to provide a better understanding of the communities and people who have not been as privileged as they are, it is now proposed to introduce Arabic as a foreign language in school.
Hordaland County Council wants to initiate an experiment with five-hour program in Arabic at a beginner level. It is planned to start in autumn 2014 a trial course at the new Amalie Skram Secondary School . The trial project is funded by the Foreign Language Center with 160000 NOK.
- Arabic is an important language for many millions of Muslims worldwide. In addition, students in the Arabic language makes out the the largest minority group in Hordaland County , said Dan Femoen (The Conservative Party), deputy Chairman at the Education and Health Committee in Hordaland County .
Femoen refers to the great success of implementing Chinese as a foreign language in Hordaland and wants to extend the offer to more languages.
- We have been extremely successful in increasing knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture in Hordaland. This experience we are now taking with us further in collaboration with the University of Bergen. This will make our students even stronger in the global labor market in a few years . Language is important for all social , economic and cultural communication , and Hordaland will be a pioneer county in this area , says Femoen , and notes that several large Norwegian companies including Statoil , Jotun, Hydro as well as aid agencies and the military need employees who know the Arabic language and culture.
Femoen believes that language learning can contribute to better understanding and respect across cultural barriers.
- Hordaland has accepted refugees from many Iraq , the Palestinian territories and Somalia. Arabic as a foreign language can also be a venue that can increase understanding and respect between young people with Norwegian and those with Arabic cultures , says Femoen .
Dan Femoen is a Norwegian politician (The Conservative Party) . He was elected to the County Council in Hordaland in 2007 and is the Conservative's faction chairman and deputy chairman of the Education and Health Committee in Hordaland County . Femoen has a degree in political science from Østfold University and a law degree from the University of Bergen. He is working now as the group secretary of Hordaland County Council Conservative Party .
1. Arab Dialects Written on 16/09/13 at 13:33:00 GMT by Hege Stubberud
A good initiative. Language combined with culture. But remember that within the Arab language there are more than one dialect. One from for eksample. Somalia has another language than one from Palestine ;-)
2. re: Arab Dialects Written on 17/09/13 at 07:40:43 GMT by Redaksjonen
There is also a great difference between written and spoken Arabic.
It is also interesting to note that Somalia has two official languages: Somali and Arabic.
The official languages of Somalia are Somali and Arabic. There are in addition a number of minority and immigrant languages. Earlier Somalia was as far as I can recall the only country with only one official language: Somali, but (after?) they joined the Arabic league, Arabic was also added as an official language.
This site was made with WebAPP, Web Automated Perl Portal. v1.0 build SE , a web portal system written in Perl. All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their
respective owners. Comments are owned by the Poster. 2002-2011 morsmal.org.