What Form of Language Education Do Immigrant Parents Want? An Investigation into the Educational Desires of Members of Ontario’s Arab Community
The purpose of this study is to investigate the language education desires [whether they be English as a second language (ESL), French as a second language (FSL), and/or heritage language classes] and needs of one segment of Ontario’s ESL population, Arabic speakers, and to determine if those desires very from the current language education offerings in Ontario’s elementary schools. The findings in this study, provided by data collected from document analysis and an online questionnaire, suggest that members of Ontario’s Arab community strongly value the learning of multiple languages. Also, although all participants agree that learning French is important; most agree that learning English is more important. Furthermore, in addition to supporting Ontario’s bilingual language education program, members of Ontario’s Arab community also desire heritage language classes. The majority of participants in this study would like their children to have access to Arabic at school to maintain their L1 and this desire is further supported by the almost 87% who agree that their children’s use of Arabic is decreasing.