Iran bans teaching of foreign languages

Wednesday 25th October 2023 06:11 EDT

The teaching of any foreign languages in kindergartens and primary schools, including English and Arabic, has been outlawed in Iran with immediate effect. "The ban on the teaching of foreign languages does not only concern English, but also other languages, including Arabic," underlined Tehrani-Farjad. The only official language of Iran, Persian, is heavily influenced by Arabic but also incorporates French and English vocabulary. In order to "eliminate the monopoly of the English language," the ministry of education had hinted in June 2022 that it intended to start a "trial to teach French" in schools all across the nation.

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