Opinion: Improve school language learning

Ask anyone what the best way to learn a language is, and you’ll hear things like, ‘immersion,’ ‘find someone who speaks the language and practice,’ and ‘get an app, and practise speaking.’ The common denominator with all these techniques is speaking. The most natural way of learning a language is hearing it spoken, then repeating what you have heard. Carleton University, and the schooling system at large needs to emphasize a more speech-based approach into language classes. I have taken both Spanish and French at Carleton. Spanish I took as an elective in second year for interest’s sake, with a desire to learn, but I took Intermediate French this past year as part of my genuine efforts to reach fluency. […]

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Former Carleton professor freed from French prison

Hassan Diab, a former Carleton contract professor, has returned home to Ottawa after being freed from prison in France. On Jan. 17, Diab and his supporters held a press conference at Amnesty International Canada in Ottawa—just one day after he returned home after having spent three years in a French prison on terrorism charges over a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing. In an interview with The Charlatan, Roger Clark, a spokesperson for the Hassan Diab Support Committee, described the impact the extradition had on Diab. “He did not even have a chance to say goodbye to his seven-month pregnant wife, or his two-year old daughter. This was despite the fact that the Canadian government had 45 days to enforce the extradition,” he […]

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Former Carleton professor Hassan Diab to remain jailed in France

Hassan Diab, a former Carleton contract professor, will remain in French jail to be investigated for terrorism after a judge’s order for his release was overturned for the sixth time. On April 24, one of the French judges investigating the case recommended Diab be released from prison on the grounds there is not enough evidence against him. Despite this, on May 2 it was announced that for the sixth time in two and a half years, the prosecutor had successfully argued against him being released. Diab, who was also a professor at the University of Ottawa, was arrested in Canada in 2008 in connection with a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing. He was extradited to France in 2014 but has not […]

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Letter: Despite terrorism, the world is more peaceful than ever before

Born in Israel, last year I looked out from my grandparents’ third floor apartment in a quiet Tel Aviv neighbourhood. I saw the all-too-familiar flashes of light piercing the dark sky. I heard the boom, boom. It’s not only angels who fall from the heavens—flying rockets reach the ground just as easily. I panicked, I was scared, but I turned on the television to hear what the Israeli spokesperson had to say. “Don’t be afraid,” he said in Hebrew with Arabic subtitles. “Explosions only sound like they’re near.” Paris, the city of lights and love, has never been the city of fear. It won’t start now. Because if hate can thrive only on panic, it’s more than simply warming to see […]

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Hassan Diab extradited to France, charged with first-degree murder

Former Carleton sociology professor Hassan Diab was charged with first degree murder in France on Nov. 15 for his alleged connection to a 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue. Diab was extradited to France on Nov. 13 following the Supreme Court of Canada’s denial to hear his appeal. He remains in detention in the Paris vicinity, according to a press release by the Hassan Diab Support Committee. French authorities said they believe Diab is one of the suspects of a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing which left four dead and a dozen injured. Diab has denied all allegations against him. Before his suspension in 2008, Diab taught courses in sociology at both Carleton and the University of Ottawa. Evidence against Diab […]

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