Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

King Mohammed VI Stresses Importance of Learning Foreign Languages

Meknes – On July 30, 2015, a royal speech was given on the occasion of the Throne feast in which the King warned against three misconceptions within the Moroccan education system. 

The first misconception raised in the royal speech is the learning of foreign languages. Students in technical and scientific fields place less importance on languages because they believe that it is useless. This is a misconception according to the King. 

The sovereign added that some consider learning foreign languages as an acculturation. On the contrary, we believe that foreign language is a source of enrichment as announced by the constitution. It is by learning other languages that ??we become more open [to the teachings of other cultures],said the Sovereign.

Teaching is “key” to progress and democracy.”

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