All Iran's Mullahs accomplished with this stupid ruling is to make learning English much cooler among the youth because now it's forbidden.
The thing I found most insightful in this piece is that Iranian primary schools were teaching English.
As someone from a country that has English as its first language, I often lament the fact that I don't know any foreign languages and feel a sense of choice paralysis with so many languages to learn. It strikes me that for many learning English as a second language isn't a choice.
The only foreign languages I was introduced to were French and German, and these were in secondary school. I couldn't speak either then, but I found my understanding of spoken French improved when I spent time around Geneva. Can anyone outline the norms for English teaching in the rest of the region and the rest of the world? I often wonder if I'd been born in a particular country, by what age could I expect to be reasonably proficient?
I never learned my English proficienfy in school, let's face it learning a language requires more than a few hours a week in a classroom. Watching TV, playing games and reading books will get you there after a few years. Hell I have immense difficulty now reading stuff in my native language (English is wonderfully efficient).
Besides Iran can grumble but even the French have to use English at universities now because that is the language of science.
It's bullshit, of course.
Fascinating how the same credulous repetition runs though the major press as through the "social media" they deride.
That’s a great way to shoot yourself in the foot.