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Immigrant children lack Norwegian fluency. NEWS IN BRIEF: Children with foreign-born parents are lagging behind their Norwegian counterparts because of language issues. Three quarters of Oslo schoolchildren with immigrant parents are born in Norway, according to official figures from the Directorate of Education and Oslo municipality. Just under half of Oslo’s schools have children from minority backgrounds. Educators are concerned for the 13,000-or-so who fail to learn basic Norwegian vocabulary, preventing full participation in primary school lessons.

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Immigrant children lack Norwegian fluency

Published on Wednesday, 24th August, 2011 at 11:21 under the news category, by John Price   .

NEWS IN BRIEF: Children with foreign-born parents are lagging behind their Norwegian counterparts because of language issues.

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Three quarters of Oslo schoolchildren with immigrant parents are born in Norway, according to official figures from the Directorate of Education and Oslo municipality. Just under half of Oslo’s schools have children from minority backgrounds.

Educators are concerned for the 13,000-or-so who fail to learn basic Norwegian vocabulary, preventing full participation in primary school lessons.

“Often, they don’t know enough words. Vocabulary is influenced by students' everyday lives, either due to what they talk at home, or hear by chance elsewhere if they do not speak Norwegian at home,” says Astrid Madsen, Assistant Principal at Mortensrud School in the capital, to NRK.

58 of 138 elementary schools in Oslo have more immigrant pupils than children of Norwegian origin.



Published on Wednesday, 24th August, 2011 at 11:21 under the news category, by John Price   .

This post has the following tags: norwegianschoools, immigrantchildren, norwegianlanguage.





  
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