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ERIC Number: ED461286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 16
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Moroccan Children and Arabic in Spanish Schools.
Garcia, Bernabe Lopez; Molina, Laura Mijares
This paper discusses classical Arabic as a minority language for Moroccan children in Spanish schools. It highlights programs of "education des langues et cultures d'origine" (ELCO), which specifically target these students. ELCO is the only public program in Spain recognizing Arabic as an immigrant minority language. Intercultural educational perspectives for Moroccans have been realized through the ELCO Moroccan program, an elementary-level effort run by the Spanish and Moroccan governments. It works to teach the Arabic language and Moroccan culture and improve immigrant students' school integration (enhancing self-esteem and reducing ethnic prejudice and ethnocentric behavior). ELCO for Moroccan immigrants is limited in Spain, and there are some drawbacks. For example, ELCO teaches classical Arabic, which is not the mother tongue for some Moroccan students. Though the official language of Morocco is classical Arabic, other languages are very important (different Moroccan Arabic and Berber dialects, French, and Spanish). Also, Moroccan culture is being defined by the governing organizations and may not be accurate for all students. Therefore, ELCO may not be addressing all Moroccan immigrant students' cultural and linguistic needs, and it may perpetuate the low status of Moroccan Arabic and Berber languages within Spanish schools. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain