Mark Steyn explained the real implications of the Arabic language here in an interview I conducted with him some years back.
“It shows how we mischaracterized, we willfully misunderstand Islam. Yes, on the face of it, yes, Arabic is a language. In a sense there would be no difference between opening a foreign language school — a Spanish language school or a french language school — but in fact Arabic is more than a language. It is explicated the language of Islam, so in that sense it is part of the Islamic religious imperial project. Radical Islam advances through the Arabic language. And you go all kinds of places that aren’t in the Arab world now, like Pakistan, Indonesia, Central Asia, the Balkans, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Canada and the United States, and you will here those Imams preaching in Arabic. Arabic is not just another language like French or Italian, it is the spearhead of an ideological project that is deeply opposed to the United States.
“Townsville preschoolers to receive Arabic lessons,”
MOVE over playdough animals and sandpits: three and four year old pupils at a Townsville early learning centre will be taking Arabic language lessons as part of their preschool experience next year.
Announced as a trial site for the federal government’s $9.8 million Early Learning Languages program, The Wishing Tree Rasmussen Early Learning Centre is now preparing to skill-up its employees to help deliver online tutorials in Arabic language learning in 2015.
Wishing Tree director Susan Langmaid said the centre was owned by an Australian family living in Abu Dhabi but also chose Arabic as its ELLA language to reflect the high proportion of Defence families in Townsville.
“A lot of families that are in the military do know some basic words and they’ve got lots of stories about their trips away,” she said.
“We get a lot of questions because we can hear the guns fire here from Mount Stuart and we see the military helicopters flying over.”
The one year trial will test the effectiveness of exposing preschool children to a language other than English through online learning, with Mandarin, Japanese, Indonesian, French and Arabic offered.
Forty preschools were selected from more than 1000 applicants nationwide.
Ms Langmaid said preschool was a great time to teach children a language.
“It also opens them up to realise everyone is different,” she said,
“We’re a very multicultural centre where we try to teach them everyone’s the same, everyone’s equal, we just look a bit different.
“We’re just seeing how it goes next year and hoping it continues in 2016.”
The University of Queensland’s Institute of Modern Languages director Georgiana Poulter said Arabic had grown in popularity in the last decade alongside Australia’s growing Arabic community.
“There are a variety of reasons people study a language like Arabic — they hear on the news about different events happening in Arabic speaking countries and they want to understand the language and the culture,” she said.
“It’s an important language for the Australian Defence Force. They hear about their parents and friends’ parents going to Iraq and Saudi Arabia so it’s a natural language for them to be learning.
“Then there is travel because there are quite a lot of countries where Arabic is spoken.”
She said the most popular languages were still French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and German, but Arabic was at the top of the second grouping with Russian, Korean and Indonesian.
Courtesy of Pamela Geller.